Ehsaas, a group working on empowerment of women, today released a model Nikahnama, aimed at including broader details that would define the position of women and elaborate on their rights.
The model Nikahnama was released in presence of Ulema from different sects, members of civil society, including academicians, former judges and women rights activists.
Ezabir Ali, Founder Secretary Ehsaas gave an overview of the model Nikahnama. She said that this is in continuation of the work done earlier by the group, where Ulema representing all sects and various religious scholars have been involved to address the issues faced by women in our society.
“While engaging on the subject related to half widows, it was observed that after the disappearance of husbands, most of the half widows along with their children are denied property rights and turned away from their homes. The marriage contract or Nikahnama of half widows as well as, of most women in Kashmir and elsewhere does not include broader details that would empower, strengthen or define the position of women. It generally mentions the amount of Mehr (dower) given to the bride at the time of marriage, as per financial strength of the family,” she said.
“As such we felt there was a big gap that needed attention. Various efforts and exercise in the background helped to explore the different kinds of Nikahnama existing in the society, none of them was complete – each had a serious gap. Many Ulema and religious scholars have contributed to this process,” she said.
She said the Ulema and religious scholars who contributed to the process, include Moulana Shams-ur-Rehman, Moulana Showkat Hussain Keng, Moulana Sheikh Ghulam Rasool Noori, Moulana Hakeem Sajad, Moulana Shabir Falahi, Moulana Ghulam Rasool Hami and others.
The organisers said people from civil society who contributed in the process, included former judge Goussun Nissa, renowned academicians like Prof Nusrat Andrabi, Prof A G Madhosh, Prof Hameed Naseem Rafiabadi, former chairman of J&KBOSE, Bashir Ahmad Dar, former president of KCCI Shakeel Qalandar, Shahid Shabir and many others.
On the release of the model Nikahnama, Moulana Shams-ur-Rehman said “we had discussed it with Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and he is very keen to look into it.” “We had several deliberations over the model Nikahnama and if there are any suggestions or modifications, they can be later included in it.” Moulana Showkat Hussain Keng and Moulana Sheikh Ghulam Rasool Noori also spoke on the occasion.