SHAH BANO- ONE WOMAN WHO INSPIRED THE NATION
There is an old saying, “A woman is like a tea bag – you can’t estimate how strong the taste would be, until you dip it in hot water.” The same saying goes to this case. This is not just story about a wife’s fight against his husband but a story of an undying courage a women exhibited at the stage of 62.
A strong woman Shah Bano knows she has strength enough for the journey, but a woman of strength knows it is the journey where she will become strong, same goes to Shah Bano. The Shah Bano case was a milestone of justice among the women’s of Muslim religion.
Shah Bano, a 62 year old Muslim woman and mother of five children from Indore, Madhya Pradesh was married in 1932. In 1975 Shah Bano’s Husband drove her out of the matrimonial home. Muslim law allow the husband to give divorce to their wife without her prior consent. The marriage is over when the husband says Talaaq 3 times. The legal process is just a formality. Shah Bano, as she was old and had no means to support herself and her children, she went ahead and approached the courts for securing maintenance from her husband. Seven years passed an the case reached Supreme Court. The Supreme Court invoked Section 125 of Code of Criminal Procedure, which applies to everyone regardless of caste, creed, or religion. It ruled that Shah Bano should be given maintenance but it went against the Muslim community as they thought it’s against their religious law.
Few orthodox Muslim in India felt threatened by what they perceived as an encroachment of the Muslim Personal Law, and protested loudly against the judgement. Their spokesmen were Muslim community leaders Obaidullah Khan Azmi, MJ Akbar and Syed Shahabuddin, they formed an organization known as the All India Muslim Personal Law Board and threatened to agitate in large numbers in all major cities. It was then Prime Minister, Rajiv Gandhi, agreed to their demands and cited the gesture as an example of “secularism”. The Shah Bano case is an infamous divorce lawsuit in India and has generated political controversy in the country. Never the less Shah Bano fought and won the case and judgement was in favour of her.
A woman should never be underrated. Loud voice of man may threaten the women but the silence of woman can shake the consciousness of man. Shah Bano did the same, she stood in front of her husband without making any loud voice but with great power and courage which ultimately led her to win the case. She is dead now and but not her legacy. She will always inspire the nation with her courage, bravery and biggest example that she gave.Age is not the factor that would decide your right to deserve courage and justice.