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295. Shaista Ambar

Social activist

 All India Muslim Women Personal Law Board

In the face of grim opposition from fundamentalists, she set up the All India Muslim Women Personal Law Board to challenge the persecution of Muslim women by half-educated maulvis through biased interpretations of the Quran. The graduate from Lucknow University and holder of two degrees in Urdu-Persian literature and theology from AMU is known as "Godmother" among the rural poor of Lucknow.


The mother of three grown-up children, her husband Mohammad Idris, a provincial civil services officer, approves of her work-but after initial reluctance. "As a Muslim woman I must obey my husband," she says.


Personal Law Boards are mushrooming in Uttar Pradesh. Muslim women are also making futile efforts to prove their mettle. They took a vow to prove themselves. They have now emerged in Uttar Pradesh as a force to reckon with and have the capability to launch a powerful and effective movement to uplift their lot. The Muslim women are not lagging behind, they too have formed the All-India Muslim Women Personal Law Board challenging the authority of the All-India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) which is till now considered an apex decision-making body of the community.
The president of the All-India Muslim Women Law Board, Mrs. Shaista Amber, told this correspondent that the decision to form Muslim Women Law Board came after deep thought and concerted efforts. The intention is very clear and pious, she pointed out blaming the All-India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) ignoring and isolating problems of the Muslim women and that is why the need for AIMWLB arose.

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  1. The All India Muslim Women Personal Law Board on Tuesday said clerics should not “create hurdles” for the government when it is preparing to criminalise the practice of triple talaq, the Hindustan Times reported.

    Shaista Amber, the president of the board, said she would travel across the country to expose the “real face” and anti-women attitude of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board, which on Sunday criticised the Centre for a bill that proposes to criminalise the Islamic practice of instant divorce.