The Indian Express tells us this morning that a Muslim Women’s Group in India called the Bhartiya Muslim Mahila Andolan (BMMA) has drafted a Bill to help improve the conditions of Muslim women across the country.

The Group has just finalised a draft Muslim family law which abolishes oral divorce, polygamy and includes some financial provisions. The Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act is set to be released today.

Seven years in the making, the Bill also sets the minimum age for marriage at 18 for the bride (and 21 for the groom), and abolishes the Triple Talaq. Conservative figureheads in the country are unhappy with the new proposals, and take the view that it is in breach of Sharia and the Muslim way of life. It’s set to be a rocky ride – the State too are reluctant to pass this Bill, for fear of upsetting the all-powerful clergy.

However, we think this is a wonderful step forward for women in general and we wish these ladies luck.