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All India Muslim Personal Law Board to form women's wing

The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) has, for the first time, decided to form a women's wing to expand social reform activities among Muslim women.

The Board in addition has decided to launch an all-India Muslim women helpline to provide guidance to them on family issues. A toll-free call centre in Urdu, English and eight other regional languages will be set up, AIMPLB secretary Zafaryab Jilani said while addressing a press conference at the end of its three-day 25th general meeting on Sunday.

The women's wing would also deal with issues such as family disputes and education, he added.

Taking a shot at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led government at the Centre regarding the proposed Uniform Civil Code, the Board called the move "politically motivated" aimed at the Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls.

He was speaking at the three-day 25th general meeting of the AIMPLB in Kolkata which concluded on Sunday.

"The proposed UCC is definitely politically motivated...The Centre has failed on many fronts and being unable to keep their poll promises, they are trying to divert the people?s attention from other issues, "Jilani said.

Stressing their stand on the UCC, the AIMPB said these "Shariah laws are divine laws and cannot be modified, changed or altered by any person or authority."