In an article written by former Union minister Arif Mohammed Khan in the Indian Express, he pointed out to the fact that the social norms had remained “rigid” and oppressive for Muslim women. He said that even more oppressive feature if the law that governed their marital lives was the fact that it gave an unrestrained right to Muslim man right to divorce his wife with three simple pronouncements of talaq in one sitting.
In the article, the former minister, who had resigned from the Rajiv Gandhi Government in 1986, over its stand on Shah Bano case went on to write that even more oppressive was the fact that a Muslim girl grew up knowing that post marriage, her husband would have the right to turn her out of her marital home giving instant talaq, without even letting her know the reasons. Even if the suffering woman, decide to seek some relief under existing laws like Section 125 of CrPC (The Code of Criminal Procedure), there were cleric organisations which would defend this practice in the name of religious freedom and special identity of the community.
“Almost every Muslim country has legally prohibited triple talaq that was being defended by the Personal Law Board and their supporters. But we must acknowledge the fact that by the time the hearing on triple talaq in the Supreme Court had come to conclusion and the Personal Law Board had sensed the general mood, they made a request to the Honourable Court seeking permission to file an additional affidavit and they were allowed to do so”, he wrote in the article.
Further the former minister wrote in Indian Express, “In the name of freedom of religion, I have the right to profess, practice and preach what I believe in. But this right to religion does not give me a licence to indulge in oppression and suppression of any other person. I have the right to practice my faith, I do not have the right to indulge in practices which are injurious to the health of others”.