1. Historic Day for Muslim women’s rights: Lok Sabha passes Triple Talaq Bill

Historic Day for Muslim women’s rights: Lok Sabha passes Triple Talaq Bill

Lok Sabha today passed the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill against Triple Talaq.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: December 29, 2017 12:26 PM
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In a major development, Lok Sabha today passed the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill against the practice of  Triple Talaq. The members of Parliament discussed the Bill throughout the day before voting. During the discussion, Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said several Islamic nations have regulated triple talaq and India should take a step in this direction. “I appeal to this House and the biggest panchayat that please do not see this bill from the prism of politics,” he said, adding it should neither be confined within the walls of political parties nor should it be looked as vote bank politics.

Prasad said Muslim women were victimised by instant triple talaq.

Earlier on August 22, Supreme Court passed a judgement saying it was unconstitutional and arbitrary. Prasad today said, “We were expecting that after this judgement, triple talaq cases would come down and the situation would improve…about 300 triple talaq cases happened in 2017″ and 100 were reported after the Supreme Court’s judgement.”

Prasad further said that triple talaq practice has inflicted atrocities on Muslim women, “do we close our eyes and keep quiet”. “We do not want to interfere in Sharia. 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.”

Meanwhile, Congress leader in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge demanded that the bill should be referred to standing committee. “We are all for this bill but there are certain flaws and difficulties in this,” he said, adding no consultations were held on this bill and there are some lacunae in the bill which can be rectified by sitting together and the only forum for that is the standing committee.

AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi had moved an amendment to the Bill. However, his amendment got just two voted and was rejected. During the debate Owaisi had said, Parliament lacked the legislative competence to pass the law as it violated fundamental rights. He argued that while the bill talked only about Muslim women being abandoned, the government should also worry about nearly 20 lakh women of various religions who are abandoned by their husbands, “including our bhabhi from Gujarat” (a dig directed at PM Modi).

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    Raghav
    Dec 29, 2017 at 4:25 am
    On one hand, the instant-divorce idea (by uttering tripple-talaq, or any other password for that matter) is out of place in India, but legally criminalizing it is a typical overreaction "indian" response to a simple issue. It's a legal excess as usual. Think 498A laws. We Indians know no nuanced approaches. On the other hand, one can even argue that the "right" to stay married to another person is as regressive as right to exploit your marital partner. Actually, right to __not__ be with someone is an individual's fundamental right. So the discussion should be about the __process__ of divorce, and not the basic idea of this right. If you look at many progressive countries, and some states like California (US states have their own family laws), if one party asks for divorce, there is no such thing as a refusal from the other party. And there is no reason needed, other than irreconcilable differences. Only difference is it's not instant, there is a cooling off period. - Raghav.
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    1. Shahid Ullah
      Dec 28, 2017 at 10:24 pm
      Mullahs have no stand to withhold the bill. HENSE, majority counts. .
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      1. Aho Bilam
        Dec 28, 2017 at 10:13 pm
        If we word this bill that no man or woman can give instant triple talaq to his/her spouse, irrespective of religion, then it will look very neutral and not against any religion or sex. Never mind the fact it is applicable to one and one community....but the wording can be universal, generic and non-discriminatory.
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        1. Mani Menon
          Dec 28, 2017 at 9:07 pm
          I wish our Parliament will show this discipline and decorum in future!
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