Fatwas have no place in constitutional system: Supreme Court
New Delhi: “A fatwa issued by whatever body ... is not binding on anyone, including the person who asked for it. Also, a fatwa doesn’t have the force of law and cannot be enforced using coercive methods. Anyone trying to enforce that has to be dealt with in accordance with law,” the Supreme Court said in a 20-page order.
“Fatwas touching upon the rights of an individual at the instance of rank strangers may cause irreparable damage and would be absolutely uncalled-for. It cannot be used to punish innocents. No religion, including Islam, punishes the innocent,” the court said.
Fatwas, it ruled, had no place in India under our constitutional system.