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Fatwa against Imrana must have been well thought out : Mulayam

LUCKNOW: Despite the hue and cry by women's organisations, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav on Wednesday supported the edict in the Imrana case saying that the decision taken by the Muslim religious leaders must have been well thought out.

"The decision of the Muslim religious leaders in the Imrana case must have been taken after a lot of thought," Mr. Yadav told reporters here. "The religious leaders are all very learned and they understand the Muslim community and its sentiments," he said.

The Chief Minister added that till he had the full details of the case, he would not like to comment on it.

Islamic seminary Darul Uloom Deoband had issued a `fatwa' decreeing that a 28-year-old woman in Muzaffarnagar could no longer live with her husband as she had been raped by her father-in-law.

Several women's groups have demanded intervention of the Uttar Pradesh Government in Imrana's case.

The State Women's Commission has written to the Chief Minister requesting his intervention in granting Imrana permission to stay with her husband and stern action against her father-in-law.

NCW chairperson to

visit Muzaffarnagar

A National Commission for Women (NCW) team led by chairperson Girija Vyas will visit Muzaffarnagar in Uttar Pradesh on Thursday to investigate the case of Imrana.

The seven-member NCW team, including newly appointed members Yasmeen Abrar and Neeva Konwar and Tarannum Siddiqui of the Women's Study Centre of the Jamia Milia Islamia, will talk to Ms. Imrana. The team will also meet her family members, the District Magistrate, the Superintendent of Police and the panchayat. — PTI

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