Triple talaqs continued unabated despite the Supreme Court orders and we have statistics to prove our point. As many as 430 cases have been reported between January 2017 and September 2018, of which 201 came to light after the top court’s order. Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad termed it a barbaric practice and called it a constitutional urgency. So will this Ordinance ensure no more triple talaqs or at least a check on the number? Not really. Rather, the Government and the community should be happy over the statistics they are citing to justify the action. Among the 16-crore Muslim population in India, only 430 violations of the apex court order have been reported. Though several such cases might have gone unreported, many others go undetected. For instance, a high number of rape cases are never reported.
If we believe the statistics presented by the Law Minister, the purpose of the Ordinance fails for the Government is aiming to prevent a crime that is not happening. An Ordinance in the name of a constitutional urgency to deal with 430 cases a year is a hyperbole act by the powers-that-be. The writer believes the actual figure must be a thousand times higher than that reported and the government has no tool to collect the data and make an informed decision so they are citing media reports. They lack the intent to deal with it. How can the Government bring about an Ordinance on the issue that has only 430 cases? Please note, Ordinance is an executive order bypassing the parliamentary procedure and often seen as an aberration.
“There was a compelling necessity to come with an Ordinance. There was an overpowering urgency”, Ravi Shankar Prasad said. All for 430 cases in a country of over a billion people. The government needed some data and more statistics to call it ‘unabated’.
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