Will triple talaq bill benefit the Muslim women?

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Two days after the Lok Sabha passed the Bill to ban instant Triple Talaq, Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee president M M Hassan, contrary to his party's stand, opposed the Central Government's move.Describing the Bill as an invasion on Islamic Sharia, Hassan said he could not endorse it on personal grounds.

Delivering the inaugural address for the 85th annual Sivagiri pilgrimage celebrations in Kerala via video conferencing, Modi said: "After years of suffering, Muslim women have found a way to free themselves from the practice of instant triple talaq".

The worst example of this regressive attitude was the Shah Bano episode when the Rajiv Gandhi government negated a Supreme Court verdict in favour alimony for a divorced Muslim woman on the advice of Muslim fundamentalists.

Under the 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. "We phoned up Opposition party leaders to press Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu to assure that the Bill will not be tabled on Friday", a senior Congress leader said as quoted by The Hindu.

The woman had earlier told to some media that she would not accept triple talaq and would opt for a formal divorce if insisted by her husband. They say that it is a direct interference with Muslim personal law.

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The government's determination to get the Bill passed could be gauged from the fact that it was introduced in the morning and taken up for consideration in the afternoon by suspending relevant rules and then passed in the evening by sitting late beyond the scheduled close of the House.

"The women, advocate Farah Faiz, Rizwana, Razia, who were associated in the fight against triple talaq and polygamy in the apex court, expressed satisfaction that at least "a start" has been made by the present NDA dispensation". Triple talaq is a crime and has spoilt many lives.

There is also a provision of imprisonment for a term, which may extend to three years and fine for violators. "So the board should have been taken into confidence", Nomani said. "While there was no denying that the rights of Muslim women need to be protected, the Bill had been drafted without understanding the ground realities", he said.

India is one of the few countries that have left the Muslim laws intact despite the people's plea to adjust them. We will not allow any modification in the Shariat Law because it is clearly a ploy by the government to fill the prisons with Muslims on the basis of this new bill.

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