Triple Talaq bill likely to be tabled in Rajya Sabha today

Pauline Gross
January 12, 2018

The Assam government said the proposed legislation "will go a long way in ensuring gender justice and equality to Muslim women and deter the practice which is reported to be continuing despite the SC judgment".

The much anticipated Triple Talaq Bill will be tabled in Rajya Sabha next week.

The government's determination to get the Bill passed could be gauged from the fact that it was introduced in the morning and taken up for consideration in the afternoon by suspending relevant rules and then passed in the evening by sitting late beyond the scheduled close of the House. The decision taken by Modi government is in the favour of women, said one of the women.

Triple talaq is one manifestation of such backwardness along with polygamy and the veiling of women as they reinforce the age-old patriarchal norms.

The head of the Imarat-e-Sharia Maulana Anisurrahaman Qasmi echoed the sentiment saying any interference in the Shariat Law regarding "Triple Talaq" would not be tolerated as this was a ploy by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government to fill the jails with Muslims. "However, the BJP-led NDA government has appropriated the Bill", she said.

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"Never was punishment a part of the demand nor was triple talaq sought to be made a crime". The Congress will support any and every law abolishing instant triple talaq. "The primary goal of criminal law is "prevention" of an act; if non-criminal means can succeed in preventing this act, criminal law need not be used". However, a section of leaders feel that even if the party demands for it to be sent to the select committee, it might be just for posturing as the leaders who are collecting signatures for the same, including MP Husain Dalwai, include no big names like the Leader of the Opposition as of now.

Hamid Mohammed Khan, President, Tammat-e-Islami Hind, said: "There was no need for law to regulate triple talaq as the matter concerns reforms in the Muslim society and is governed by personal law". The wife would also be entitled to the custody of minor children.

The fight against triple talaq was supported by the number of women after Shayara Bano case.

The Centre has also announced that henceforth Muslim women can go for Hajj alone which was prohibited earlier. "But marriage is a civil contract (among Muslims) and the new law is introducing a criminal aspect to it which is wrong", he said.

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