The Shah Bano Case

A. G. Noorani

in The Muslims of India

Published in print June 2004 | ISBN: 9780195670561
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080618 | DOI:
The Shah Bano Case

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This chapter presents several documents relating to the Supreme Court’s ruling in the Shah Bano case on 23 April 1985 and the opening of the locks at the Babari Masjid on 1 February 1986, which would set the course of Indian politics for years to come and affect the Muslims for the worse. Some of these documents include the Muslim Women’s Bill, which was a quid pro quo for opening the gates of the Babari Masjid to the Hindus; Arif Mohammad Khan’s defence of the Supreme Court judgment in Shah Bano case; Union Minister Z.R. Ansari’s attack on Supreme Court; Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi assures the opposition of a thorough examination of the judgment in Shah Bano case; Muslim leaders suggest utilizing Wakf fund for alimony to divorced women; and Prime Minister hints at ordinance on Muslim personal law.

Keywords: Supreme Court; Babari Masjid; Muslim Women’s Bill; Arif Mohammad Khan; Z.R. Ansari; Rajiv Gandhi

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