AIMPLB to approach SC after RS passes triple talaq becomes law

Frederick Owens
January 12, 2018

The triple talaq bill, which was introduced in the Lok Sabha earlier in the day on Thursday, received green signal from the Lower House of the Parliament without any amendments on the same day itself.

The state BJP on Monday demanded that Chief Minister Siddaramaiah should clarify whether Minister for Minorities Welfare Tanveer Sait's statement rejecting the triple talaq bill was the stand of the state government. Whereas on another hand, the AIMPLB (All India Muslim Personal Law Board) had filed an affidavit in Supreme Court as a response to petitions by Shayara Bano and other who were opposing triple talaq. "All it needed was proper interpretation and not a legislation which treats this (triple talaq) as a criminal act providing for punishment", Sarwath said. "With polygamy still in practice, abolition of triple talaq can not alone help us", said 33-year-old Rizwana, a victim of polygamy. On Friday DMK slammed the Central government over the "haste" shown in getting the Bill passed in the Lok Sabha.

When asked why the panchayat recognized the triple talaq in the first place, Ahmed replied: "The decision was taken by the elders from both the families". She said that this Bill should not be considered as a political issue and must be taken as a humanitarian issue. Jail provision of up to 3 years for Instant Triple Talaq is reasonable. Madhya Pradesh said "the proposed legislation is indispensable to extend the benefit of cherished principle of equality before law and equal protection of law as enshrined in Article 14 of the Constitution to married Muslim women". "Also, if a husband spends three years in jail and then comes back, the ties between husband and wife can never be the same again", Qasmi said.

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Since 1984, Muslim women have been raising issues relating to triple talaq and drawing the attention of lawmakers to various aspects of the Quran and what it provides for. Certainly there had been demand for an enactment and a law to strengthen Muslim Women's rights.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said the bill criminalising instant Triple Talaq has freed Muslim women after years of "suffering".

Rizwana and Razia were of the view that the government should have dealt with the issue of polygamy by banning it in the same bill.

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