New Delhi, Dec 28: The Lok Sabha on Thursday passed The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2017–criminalising the instant triple talaq or Talaq-e-biddat— with unanimity. When the parliamentarians discussed various clauses and provisions of the proposed bill, BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi, during the debate, dedicated the bill to former legislator and advocate of Muslim Women Rights Arif Mohammad Khan. Also Read - Assam Elections 2021: BJP Releases List of 70 Candidates; Fields Sonowal From Majuli, Himanta From Jalukbari

Remembering the contribution made by the former cabinet minister, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Meenakshi Lekhi hailed the decision of Khan when he resigned from the Congress after it moved the law to stop the maintenance of divorced Muslim Women in 1986. The Congress party is accused of succumbing to the pressure of conservative Muslim organisations to overturn the decision of the Supreme Court- popularly known as Shah Bano Case- ordering the husbands to provide maintenance allowance to divorced Muslim women. Also Read - West Bengal Election 2021: BJP Likely to Release First List of Candidates With 60 Names Soon

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Triple Talaq is unconstitutional and un-Islamic

Although Arif Mohammad Khan did not give response after passing of bill, he had argued that triple talaq is unconstitutional and un-Islamic too. H had added that the practice denies the rights of equality. “Triple Talaq to my mind is anti-constitution so far it denies the rights of equality, it is anti-Quran because Quran describes the elaborate procedure which it lays down,” said Khan.

He added that the practice is also inhuman as it keeps Muslim women in fear that they can be divorced any time. “It is anti-human because a young Muslim girl grows up with the consciousness that after marriage her husband if he wishes so, can turn her out of the marital home on any day of his choice. That to me is anti-human, oppressive and an ignominy,” he added.

The time for reforms has come

Minister of State for External Affairs M J Akbar, said that he has been hearing the argument that the time is appropriate for the reforms. He added the parliament had missed many chances in previous four decades when justice could have been delivered to women. He emphasised that the time has come when the bill should be passed.

“What is the credibility of All India Muslim Personal Law Board? Who chose them to be community representatives?” MJ Akbar said.