The CII is currently centre stage after its verdict on issues regarding second marriage and child marriages. The CII is a constitutional body that advises the legislature whether or not a certain law is repugnant to Islam. But as per the constitution the CII must include minimum eight and maximum 20 members including the chairman wherein one seat is reserved for women. It is strange that after the death of Dr Farida Ahmad Siddiqui last year that seat is still vacant. The CII, though, while ignoring the women’s representation problem in the council has continued to give verdicts on women-related issues.
Riaz Daavi Advocate