The first Shariat panchayat of Punjab scheduled to be inaugurated on 3 March 2013 will be first of its kind in the state. This will allow the Muslim community to deal with the cases. The first Shariat panchayat of the state would be inaugurated in Malerkotla, which is the Muslim town in Sangrur district.
The panchayat would deal with three main types of the disputes and these are inheritance, marriage and divorce. The Punjab Wakf Board chairman Mohd. Izhar Alam explained that the panchayat would ensure speedy and inexpensive settlement of these kinds of disputes in the Muslim community in Punjab. In case the litigants were unsatisfied with verdict of the panchayat, they would be free to move to civil court.
Once the feasibility as well as demand of this panchayat is judged, there would be an inauguration of more panchayats of this kind in Punjab.
Shariat panchayats were already opened in states like Karnataka, Orissa, Jharkhand and Madhya Pradesh.