Triple Talaq Bill should not be seen from religious prespective: BJP

Triple Talaq Bill should not be seen from religious prespective: BJP

Triple Talaq Bill should not be seen from religious prespective: BJP

Introducing the bill, Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad called it a historic day.

While pointing out that the agony of divorcees could be understood by divorced women alone, she demanded jail term of seven years, instead of the proposed three years, for men who divorced their wives by uttering talaq three times in one go.

Muslim women had petitioned the court, arguing the practice of husbands divorcing them through triple talaq not only violated their rights but left many women destitute. The controversial bill was tabled in the Lok Sabha on Thursday for discussion. "We are entitled by both the Indian constitution and our religion to have a family law which is gender-just".

"My primary objection to introduction of this bill is twofold". This too angered Qasim, who then proceeded to give her triple talaq.

Airing his views on the Bill, Raja said Islam had given equal rights to men and women.

Noor Jahan - a victim of triple talaq - was quoted by news agency ANI as saying: "This is a victory for Muslim women".

During the debate in the Lok Sabha, the government did make an emotional appeal focusing on the empowerment of Muslim women.

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CPI-M leader Mohammed Salim said that Modi government's move to bring a bill criminalising instant triple talaq was unwarranted and politically motivated. And marriage should not end by pronouncement of Triple Talaq in one seating.

According to the media reports, Jaising in her statement to the press said that "Very shocked to hear that Lok Sabha has passed the bill".

Participants included All India United Morcha leader Maulana Abdul Hameed Nomani, Darul Uloom Firangi Mahal spokesperson Sufiana Nizami, triple talaq victim Dr Sameena Begum, BJP spokesperson Ashwini Upadhyay, Congress spokesperson Sharvat Jahan Fatima, AIMPLB member Mufti Ejaz Ahmad Kazmi, social worker Naheera Hasan and APN consultant Govind Pant Raju.

The woman also alleged that soon after the incident, Qasim escaped from the house after locking her up.

Meenaskhi Lekhi further said that the laws of the Hindus and the Christians have been modified such that customary practices do not interfere with the rights of women.

Under the proposed law, instant triple talaq in any form -spoken, in writing or by electronic means such as email, SMS and WhatsApp - would be illegal and void. "Triple Talaq naturally leads to the destruction of a woman and that is why we say no to it", said Swamy.

However, several other opposition parties have opposed the bill which include Biju Janata Dal, AIADMK and the Trinamool Congress.

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