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‘Triple Talaq Bill leaves no scope of reconciliation’

Agencies, Lucknow

The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights of Marriage) Bill would shut the door to reconciliation between the woman and her husband and would, in no way, provide protection to women, feel intellectuals in the Muslim community.

According to the author of a novel titled ‘A word thrice uttered’, Parveen Talha, “The Bill would not ensure protection for women. The Supreme Court has already declared triple talaq unacceptable, which means the marriage can’t be dissolved.”

Talha argued, “When divorce can’t happen, how can the man be punished?”
She further pointed out that once the man serves his jail term, he would look for ways to get rid of his wife by adopting other tactics. “So, if this Bill becomes law, there won’t be any scope left for reconciliation,” she added.

Former minister and senior Congress leader Zafar Ali Naqvi said the ‘politically-motivated’ Bill was rushed through without consultation of Muslim members of Parliament.

While pointing out that the Bill was a direct interference by government in Shariah, he said Muslim women won’t gain anything and there won’t be any chance left for reconciliation.

Naish Hasan, human rights activist with knowledge of Muslim affairs, said the Bill would widen the differences between the woman and the husband and suggested that the window of possible rapprochement should not be shut.

Another objectionable point in this Bill was that taking advantage of the husband-wife dispute a third party inimical to the couple could interfere in the matter.

While UP Shia Personal Law Board spokesman Yasub Abbas expressed reservations over the clause of third-party intervention in divorce-related marital dispute, Rubina Murtaza of Tanzeem Ali Congress decried the Bill by pointing out: “How could a man be punished when divorce is not acceptable as per Supreme Court order.”

Rubina, too, agreed with others that once a man is sent to jail chances of reconciliation would evaporate.Law expert Mohammad Saqib said while the Bill aims at terminating the chance of reconciliation, the question of woman’s sustenance arises. “Who will provide her money for sustenance? The Bill is silent on this aspect,” he pointed out.

Muslim women offer sweets to Ravi Shankar Prasad for piloting Triple Talaq Bill

New Delhi: A day after Lok Sabha gave its nod to the much talked about draft legislation on Triple Talaq – the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, a group of Muslim women called on the Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Friday and expressed their “happiness”.

“A group of Muslim women and men met me today to share their happiness over passing of #TripleTalaqBill by Lok Sabha,” Mr Prasad tweeted.

The Muslim women also offered sweets to the Minister. “Sweets offered by these Muslim women on passing of the #TripleTalaqBill gave me immense satisfaction and joy for having done something historic for the empowerment of women in India”, Mr Prasad said in another missive in the micro blogging site.

The draft legislation seeks to put a ban on “instant Talaq or Talaq-e-biddat”.
The BJP has welcomed the passage of the Bill in lower House of Parliament with lawmakers and senior leaders calling it a major social reform move and a step to ensure protecting the “dignity of Muslim women”.

Both in the House and outside, the party leaders hailed the stellar role played by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in pushing the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2017 and bringing the practice of Triple Talaq within the ambit of criminal offence.

The Muslim women also offered sweets to the Minister. “Sweets offered by these Muslim women on passing of the #TripleTalaqBill gave me immense satisfaction and joy for having done something historic for the empowerment of women in India”, Mr Prasad said in another missive in the micro blogging site.Rajya Sabha is likely to take up the bill next week.

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