New Delhi: All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) President Asaduddin Owaisi on Thursday criticised Triple Talaq Bill which was passed in the Lok Sabha. Talking to reporters, Owaisi said that the law will be misused.

“This law is meant to bring only Muslim women on the road. By this law they want to ruin them, make them weak and put Muslim man in jail. The law will be misused,” Owaisi said.

Congress leader M Kharge said, “Bill presented is against Constitution. It’s against fundamental rights. We asked for the Bill to be sent to Joint Select Committee to get justice for Muslim women. They tried to get it passed as Lok Sabha polls are approaching.”

Notably, the Lok Sabha passed the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2018 that makes instant triple talaq or talaq-e-biddat a criminal offence, with a jail term of up to three years with a fine.

The bill, which seeks to replace an ordinance promulgated in September prohibiting divorce by pronouncing “talaq” by the husband, was passed after over four-hour discussion that saw some heated exchanges between the opposition and treasury benches.

Before a vote on the bill, the Congress and the AIADMK staged a walkout over the government not accepting their demand to refer it to a joint select committee of the Parliament.

Targeting Congress, Union Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore said, “The way Congress walked out today, it exposes their vote bank politics again. It’s their diplomatic nature. Now they’ll try to stop it in Rajya Sabha. But our philosophy is to strengthen everyone and work together.”

The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill 2018 was passed by the Lower House with 245 voting in favour and 11 opposing the legislation. The bill will now go to Rajya Sabha for approval.

The fresh bill will supersede an earlier bill passed in the Lok Sabha and pending in the Rajya Sabha.

The Bill to make the practice of triple talaq among Muslims a penal offence was introduced in Lok Sabha on December 17 to replace an ordinance issued in September.

Under the proposed law, giving instant triple talaq will be illegal and void, and will attract a jail term of three years for the husband.

In view of the opposition by some parties in the upper house, the government had then cleared some amendments, including the introduction of a provision of bail, to make it more acceptable.

The proposed law would be applicable to the entire country, except in Jammu and Kashmir.