Major relief to about 5 million married women in Assam as apex court strikes down Guwahati High Court order

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By Muslim Mirror Correspondent

New Delhi:   Both the factions of the Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind on Tuesday termed the Supreme Court verdict upholding the validity of panchayat certificate for citizenship in Assam as a landmark judgment that has provided a major relief to nearly 5 million married women in the state.

In a major relief to 48 lakh married women in Assam, the Supreme Court today set aside the Guwahati High Court order which ruled that a residency certificate issued by the gram panchayat had “no statutory sanctity” to make a claim in the National Register of Citizens (NRC) for Assam”.  In the wake of High Court’ verdict, a sword of Damocles was hanging overhead of married women who have to settle in their hubby’s’ town after marriage. PLC was the only option for them to prove their citizenship link.

The apex court, which is monitoring the up-dation of NRC, said that gram panchayat certificates can be used to establish linkages after the verification process. The Supreme Court has also rejected the government’s move to categorize citizens into original inhabitants and not original inhabitants and clearly stated that there would be the only category and this is ‘Indian Citizens’.

Lauding the verdict, Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind General Secretary, Maulana Mahmood Madani termed it as historic one said that the apex court has ensured the safety of lakhs of Assamese citizens. “This was the case of dignity, prestige and human values for lakhs of Indian women,” said Maulana Mahmood Madani.

In view of sensitive nature of the issue, Jamiat Ulama Assam had filed a writ petition in the Apex Court for challenging the judgment of Guwahati High Court. The SC Court has completed its hearing on the matter on December 2, 2017, and has delivered its final judgment today.

Another faction led- by Maulana Syed Arshad Madani also described the judgment a victory for these women who’s citizenship was under threat due to the Assam’s BJP-led government’s petty politics.

 Maulana Arshad said the judgment has shattered the hopes of the communal and fascist forces who were conspiring to deprive the millions of people their citizenships. The apex court also ruled that “Original inhabitant’ cannot be implemented on the selective basis.  Arshad Madani, who also engaged a battery of lawyers to challenge the Gauhati High court judgment, said both the judgments are historic and foiled the mal-intentions of the ruling dispensation of the state.

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