Eminent social rights activist Mehrunnisa Dalwai no more

Jun 9, 2017 11:54 IST

 Noted social activist, author Mehrunnisa Dalwai passes away Mehrunnisa Dalwai, eminent social activist, author and wife of the late thinker and Marathi writer Hamid Dalwai passed away at her residence on 8 June 2017. She was 87.

Mehrunnisa worked for justice and equal rights for Muslim women and spearheaded a march in Mumbai seeking abolition of triple 'talaq'. She also founded Islamic Research Institute and Maharashtra Talaq Mukti Morcha.

Her body will be donated as per her wishes.

About Mehrunnisa Dalwai

• She was born in Pune on 25 May 1930.

• She married one of Maharashtra’s most remarkable and formidable social reformers, Hamid Dalwai in 1956.

• Hamid, the author of the classic –Indhan, devoted himself completely to the cause of uplifting the status of women within the Muslim community.

• The couple together worked tirelessly to liberalise the Muslim community and take a stand against Brahminical Hinduism and fanatical Islamism.

• Though Mehrunnisa had a traditional Urdu education, she mastered the ability to speak and write in Marathi.

• Her autobiography, "Mi Bharun Pawle", which is considered an inspirational piece for the progressive movement, was written completely in the Marathi language.

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• Hamid Dalwai succumbed to progressive kidney failure in 1977 at the age of 44.

• Following his death, Mehrunnisa immersed herself in the working of the Muslim Satyashodhak Mandal, a reformist organisation that was founded by her husband in Pune.

• The organisation focused on resolving problems faced by the Muslim community and charting its history and socio-cultural transformation.

• Mehrunnisa served as the president of the organisation for several decades.

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