New Delhi: All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi on Wednesday claimed that the Ordinance to make triple talaq a punishable offence is unconstitutional. He also sought a law for those married women who are deserted by their husbands.

“This ordinance is against the Muslim women. This ordinance will not provide justice to the Muslim women. In Islam, marriage is a civil contract and bringing penal provisions in it is wrong,” he said. (ALSO READ – Despite Having a Woman Leader, Congress Didn’t End Barbaric Triple Talaq, Says RS Prasad Slams Sonia Gandhi)

Adding further, he said that the Ordinance is against the Constitution’s Right to Equality. “This Ordinance is unconstitutional. The ordinance is against the Constitution’s right to equality as it is being made only for Muslims. All India Muslim Personal Law Board & women organisations should challenge this ordinance in the Supreme Court,” the AIMIM chief asserted.

“I demand from PM that this nation requires a law for those married women, who are 24 lakh in number, their husbands in their election affidavit say they are married but the wife is not living with them. PM should bring a law for those deserted married women,” he said.

His remarks came a few hours after the Narendra Modi government, in a landmark decision, cleared an ordinance which makes triple talaq a punishable offence. The Ordinance will now be sent to the President for his approval. After it comes to force, the Ordinance has to be approved by Parliament within six months. If the government fails to do this, the ordinance has to be re-promulgated.

Notably, the government had failed to pass the Triple Talaq Bill, which was passed by the Lok Sabha, could not be taken up for discussion and passage in the Rajya Sabha during the Monsoon Session and the Budget Session following reservations expressed by the Congress-led opposition.