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Lok Sabha passes Bill to criminalise Triple Talaq

Lok Sabha passes Bill to criminalise Triple Talaq

While the bill looks set to run into the numbers hurdle in Rajya Sabha where BJP lacks a majority and can not trust the regional outfits to come to its rescue on an issue that has been the bugbear for the influential Muslim clergy, the party sees the LS approval as a powerful statement of its intent to roll back the politics of "appeasement". If someone is lodged in prison as a punishment for saying triple talaq, who will take care of his family: Congress leader Salman Khurshid on triple talaq bill. He said that practice of Triple Talaq continued although the All India Muslim Personal Law Board had committed to the Supreme Court that it would issue an advisory against it.

The bill provides for the constitution of four autonomous boards entrusted with conducting undergraduate and postgraduate education, assessment and accreditation of medical institutions and registration of practitioners under the National Medical Commission.

If the Narendra Modi government is forcing the triple talaq Bill as a favour to Muslim women, without consulting any of the stakeholders in the conversation, it is more than mistaken. "This provision is not changed in the new bill", said Zuhara.

Dev wondered if the government was talking about women's empowerment, why was it delaying women reservation bill.

Sushmita Dev of the Congress questioned if a man was put behind the bars after practicing Triple Talaq, which had already been declared illegal by the Supreme Court, on his wife, how he would give her the subsistence allowance the proposed legislation provided for.

The Bill, once turned into a law after being passed by the Rajya Sabha, will be applicable across the country, except in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. "This bill is on talaq-e-biddat", he said, adding, "The issue is not of religion, faith, puja, the issue is gender justice, equality and dignity". We must understand the pain of Muslim women.

Law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, while speaking about "Muslim women's pain" in Parliament, omitted the crucial aspect that most victims of instant triple talaq don't want their husbands to be jailed or penalised. Recalling an anecdote of the Nehruivan era, Akbar said the country's first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, had during a conversation revealed that he could not reform the Muslim Personal Law because the time was not appropriate.

It also chose to couch its endeavour in contemporary political lexicon calling the bill to punish practitioners of triple talaq as a move towards gender justice.

Pointing that the quantum of fine is missing, he said it comes under civil suit and there is no provision for criminality in this.

After the Bill was tabled, All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) president Asaduddin Owaisi opposed it, contending that it violated fundamental rights. "We want police and courts to give justice to these women", he said.

"There is an absence of consistency with the existing legal framework".

To ensure that maintenance is meted out to the sufferer, is the government considering to build a corpus to provide maintenance to divorced women as the husband would have to face a jail term up to 3 years, she asked.


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