New Delhi: December 05, 2017 In a major relief to 48 lakh married women in Assam, the Supreme Court on Tuesday set aside the Guwahati High Court order which said a residency certificate issued by the gram panchayat had "no statutory sanctity" to make a claim in the National Register of Citizens (NRC) for Assam". In the wake of High Court’ verdict a sword of Damocles was hanging over head of married women who have to settle in their hubbys’ town after marriage. PLC was the only option for them to prove their citizenship link.
The apex court, which is monitoring the updation of NRC, said that gram panchayat certificates can be used to establish linkages after the verification process. The Supreme Court has also rejected the government’s move to categorize citizens into original inhabitants and not original inhabitants and clearly stated that there would be only category and this is ‘Indian Citizens’.
While lauding the Apex Court verdict, Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind General Secretary, Maulana Mahmood Madani and Maulana Badruddin Ajmal Qasmi, M.P and President Jamiat Ulama termed it as historic one said that the apex court has ensured safety of lakhs of Assamese citizens. “This was the case of dignity, prestige and human values for lakhs of Indian women” said Maulana Mahmood Madani.
In view of sensitive nature of the issue, Jamiat Ulama Assam had filed a writ petition in the Apex Court for challenging the judgment of Guwahati High Court. The SC Court has completed its hearing on the matter on December, 2, 2017 and has delivered its final judgment today.
Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind had had engaged senior and prominent advocates like Abhishekh M Sanghvi, Raju Ramachandaran, , B.H Marlaple, Ejaz Maqbool, Shakil Ahmad Sayed, Nazrul Haque Mazar Bhaiya, Abdus Saboor Tapadar, Qasim Talaukdar and Aman Wadud etc.