Thursday, 18 January, 2018

Lok Sabha passes triple talaq Bill; Congress and other parties go along

Woman given triple talaq over dowry demand in Uttar Pradesh Pic courtesy ANI
Guillermo Lane | 31 December, 2017, 00:55

The passing of the triple talaq Bill, officially known as the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2017, on the same day as it was introduced, without incorporating any of the suggested amendments from the political Opposition, and without consulting any of the stakeholders - the Muslim women activists who led the fight against instant triple talaq leading the Supreme Court to pronounce it "unconstitutional and void" in August this year - sets a risky precedent. The stage was set in the BJP's Parliamentary party meeting in the morning when Prasad made detailed presentations before the party MPs on the Bill. Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad hailed the passage of the Bill, saying "we are making history today".

A source in the Congress told ThePrint that the party will try to refer the matter to a select committee for legislative scrutiny when the bill is introduced in the Rajya Sabha next week.

The bill provides for the constitution of four autonomous boards entrusted with conducting undergraduate and postgraduate education, assessment and accreditation of medical institutions and registration of practitioners under the National Medical Commission. "This provision is not changed in the new bill", said Zuhara. That, however, was turned down by the government which ensured that the Bill, only listed for introduction, was discussed and cleared through a voice vote.

"We were expecting that after this judgment, 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 judgment". To this, Prasad said the law was in the interest of the country and this is a small Bill. "This bill doesn't want to interfere in religion, Sharia or pooja but only deals with triple talaq and Talaq-e-Biddat to provide gender justice, gender dignity and gender equality". He said the government has brought in the bill on the suggestion of the Supreme Court, which had banned instant triple talaq in August.

"Only the wife should have the right to accuse her husband of triple talaq", she said.

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He sought to allay apprehensions that the legislation was a veiled attempt to wade into Muslim personal law. Akbar also questioned the credibility of All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB), saying it was a body of only like-minded people and was not reflective of the opinion of the minority community. All kinds of instant triple talaq - spoken, in writing or by electronic means, such email, text message or WhatsApp - would be illegal and void.

Pointing that the quantum of fine is missing, he said it comes under civil suit and there is no provision for criminality in this. The Rashtriya Janata Dal, All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, All India Muslim League and All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) opposed the Bill.

"There is an absence of consistency with the existing legal framework".

Congress leader Salman Khurshid has underlined that the bill doesn't benefit Muslim women and instead sends them into further financial and social insecurity by jailing their errant husbands. "We know the reason for your anger".

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