Muslim men are being urged against instant divorce of their wives, in a new marriage code from an authoritative body of Muslim clerics in India. But the code stops short of banning the controversial "triple talaq" pronouncement which allows a man to divorce his wife with immediate effect. Instead, it recommends that Muslims approach a religious body if they wish to separate. Muslim women activists have been pushing for a ban on triple talaq. Under the new guidelines, if a couple feels the need to separate "a man and wife should seek Darul Kaza, a forum of arbitration according to Islamic laws". "There is an attempt to instil the fact that Sharia [Islamic law] is supreme and all Muslim marriages will be governed by it," said Abdul Rahim Qureishi, spokesman of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board. "In keeping with this philosophy, the AIMPLB has laid down that all divorce and marital discords will have to be referred to the [Muslim clergy] and not the civil courts," the AFP news agency quoted him as saying.