New Delhi: Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy said that the NDA government will get the Triple Talaq bill passed in Rajya Sabha too. “We will see who opposes it there,” he reportedly said. On Thursday, the bill criminalising instant divorce by Muslim men was passed by the Lok Sabha after a heated debate.
“We have passed the triple talaq bill today in Lok Sabha and we will get it passed in Rajya Sabha too. We will see who opposes it there. Though we do not enough number, we will do some tricks and get it passed (in Rajya Sabha),” said Swamy, a Rajya Sabha MP.
Adding further, the BJP leader said, “We will do the same for (nikah) ‘halala’ also as we want to abolish the injustice being meted out to women”. Under ‘nikah halala’, a man cannot remarry his former wife unless she marries another man, consummates the marriage, gets a divorce and observes a period of separation called ‘iddat’.
The Lok Sabha passed the Muslim Women Bill that criminalises the practice of instant Triple Talaq amid a walkout by the Congress and BJP ally AIADMK. Opposition parties attacked the Government saying the measure was aimed at political gains in view of the coming 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
The bill was passed with 245 in favour and 11 against in a division after the rejection of all Opposition amendments after the government turned down demands for referring the bill to a joint select committee for detailed consideration.
The passage of the triple talaq bill drew mixed reactions from Muslim bodies, with some terming it “very dangerous”, while others welcoming it. SQR Ilayas, a member of the working committee of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB), said there was no need for this bill and it has been brought keeping in mind the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. “It is a very dangerous bill that will make a civil issue a criminal offence. Who will take care of the wives and children once the husband goes to jail?” he said.
AIMPLB executive member Asma Zehra said the move to pass the triple talaq bill was “unconstitutional” and was an infringement of the constitutional rights of Muslim women.