Staff Reporter

Thiruvananthapuram: NISA, a progressive women's forum, has urged Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan to enact legislation to implement the Supreme Court directive on registration of marriages.

Addressing a press conference here on Friday, NISA president V.P. Suhara said mandatory registration of marriages even if it were done as per religious customs would prevent the abuse of marriages. She said the State Government should take steps to implement the directive of the apex court on registration of marriages.

Ms. Suhara said political parties had failed to address the problems faced by six lakh-odd Muslim women in the country. "After the late E.M.S, no one from the CPI(M) has bothered to take up the problems faced by Muslim women in the State," she said.

The forum has appealed to the Chief Minister to initiate steps to make registration of marriages mandatory as per the apex Court directive and to find a permanent solution to the problems faced by poor Muslim women.

Replying to queries, Ms. Suhara said the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) had failed to solve the problems faced by women over the years. "The Muslim League had failed to take any step to address the issue. We need political parties that can solve the problems of the people."

Ms. Subaida from Kozhikode, who was married to a 65-year-old Iran national in Dubai in 1987, was present at the briefing along with her daughters Fathima and Asma. She said her daughters were not given citizenship even after staying in the country for more than 10 years and submitting petitions to the Union Minister and the Prime Minister.