Triple Talaq Bill is Attempt To Demonise Muslim Community, Says Asaduddin Owaisi

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Launching a scathing attack, firebrand leader Owaisi wrote the bill could end up a tool in the hands of law enforcement to discriminatory detention and arrest of Muslims.

The supreme court asked the government to frame a law which protects Muslim women from such crimes. Orthodox and patriarchal males have dominated the debate on rights of muslim women and have stone-walled any attempt towards reform in Muslim personal law.

Recalling that the Supreme Court judgement on Shayara Bano had restated the law with respect to triple talaq and held it as unlawful, he said: "'In this regard the Government of India's attempt to expedite the introduction of legislation criminalising triple talaq without any attempt to understand the legal nuances involved is of deep concern".

The Union Cabinet on Friday cleared The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, which proposes to make the practice of instant triple talaq a criminal offence, where the husband can be sentenced to a jail term of up to three years.

New Delhi Union Law and Justice Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad briefs the media after a cabinet meeting in New Delhi
New Delhi Union Law and Justice Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad briefs the media after a cabinet meeting in New Delhi

They have reiterated the view of supreme court judges who ruled against the favour of terming triple talaq as an unconstitutional.

Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad refused to give details of the Bill at a media briefing on the ground that Parliament was in session. This is a serious issue which must be dealt seriously as many women are affected by the triple talaq.

She said overall the number of complaints about triple talaq have gone down considerably after SC verdict. The bill is yet to be made public but we want it to be just and fair.

According to Soman, they have written letters to Congress President-elect Rahul Gandhi and other opposition leaders, including West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and CPI-M General Secretary Sitaram Yechury for their collective support in converting the triple talaq Bill into when it is tabled in the Winter Session of Parliament for discussion. The Congress party too has been confident about the bill, terming it progressive but they first need to study the bill in detail before any critical comment. "It is the responsibility of political parties, its representatives and all the women of this country", she said. So, it should not be the matter of ego for the Muslim Personal Law Board. The passing of bill and implementation of it will set the future discourse of the triple talaq.

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