Hyderabad: The women’s wing of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board on Tuesday alleged that the Triple Talaq bill is anti-women and asked Rajya Sabha members to send it to a Select Committee for legal scrutiny. Notably, the Triple Talaq will be presented in the Rajya Sabha tomorrow.
The ‘Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on marriage) Bill,2018’ may break marriages rather than empowering women and causes a direct blow to the family system and the institution of marriage, the wing’s chief organiser Asma Zohra said in a release here.
The Bill has been brought forward to “empower Muslim women”, but its provisions defeat its very purpose, she alleged.
“Muslim women will not get anything from this Bill. Instead she is left abandoned…deserted. Her condition will become more miserable,” Zohra said.
She said that in any criminal case, it is the magistrate who decides the granting of bail, not the victim.
Zohra said it is an irony that there is freedom in this country for men and women to have pre-marital, extra-marital and even multiple relationships.
Decriminalisation of Section 377 was an example of freedom in personal and civil matters, she said and sought to know why a Muslim man is then penalised for divorce.
Voicing opposition to the Bill, the women’s wing urged the Rajya Sabha members to send it to Select Committee for “legal scrutiny”.
The bill was passed by the Lower House with 245 voting in favour and 11 opposing it. Presenting the bill in the Lok Sabha, Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad had claimed that the bill will find support in the Rajya Sabha, where the BJP-led NDA lacks numbers. Piloting the bill, Prasad had said there should be no politics on the bill, stressing it was not against any particular community.
Congress had also accused the NDA government of getting the triple talaq Bill passed in haste in the Lok Sabha in the wake of 2019 general elections. The grand old party claimed that its provisions were against the Constitution as well as fundamental rights.