WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India
Dec 28, 2017, 04.56 PM
The women's rights group spearheading the movement against instant triple talaq called the passage of the bill on it in the Lok Sabha as "historic", while some others said it was a "sad day" and termed the move "shocking".
The Lok Sabha passed the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill by voice vote. The bill makes instant triple talaq null and void and makes its pronouncement punishable by up to three years in jail. It will be a non- bailable, cognisable offence.
Bharatiya Muslima Mahila Andolan, which was one of the petitioners in the Supreme Court on the issue of talaq-e- biddat, said that Lok Sabha proceedings today indicate that Muslim women's voices have been heard across the political spectrum.
#TripleTalaqBill is a historic step towards ensuring dignity for Muslim women. I thank all fellow Parliamentarians who have supported this bill, which will bring a new era of hope and respect in the lives of Muslim women: BJP President Amit Shah (File pic) pic.twitter.com/ZCMxS59nYw
"What is historic is that the Congress party also supported it. Both the government and the key opposition party are on board. Congress acknowledged the need for a law (on instant triple talaq). It is symbolic of the fact that Muslim women's voices have now been heard across the political class -- that is a big achievement in itself," said Zakia Soman, co-founder of the Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan.
She added that the absence of a law against the practice of instant triple talaq was "a huge lacuna".
It is a progressive bill,all parties support it. But they were certain reservations, wanted certain amendments, that is why we insisted it should be should be referred to the Standing Committee but they were in a hurry to pass the bill: M Kharge, Congress on #TripleTalaqBillpic.twitter.com/2QGw266I5O
"I would say that some of our worst fears have come true. That the intention of the government was not to protect these women but to re-victimize them. This bill is patently discriminatory and unconstitutional and it should be challenged," the senior lawyer added.
She has also questioned the provisions for a subsistence allowance as well as custody of children in cases of triple talaq, saying these are redundant if the divorce has been invalidated.
Passing the #TripleTalaqBill in Lok Sabha is an historic step towards gender equality and social progress. Congratulations to PM @narendramodi ji, and all parliamentarians who supported it.
Sadhna Arya, representing a women's collective called Saheli, said, "Earlier there were killings in the name of Love Jihad, now it will take place in the name of triple talaq. It is a sad moment."
She added that she never expected the bill to be passed in a day in the Lok Sabha.
SC banned #TripleTalaq because it believed that a couple should get time for reconciliation.With this bill,offence will be now a non-bailable offence,there'll be no chance of reconciliation.I mvd an amendment over compensation for Muslim women frm govt,it was negated: S Dev, Cong pic.twitter.com/rTt3qJJusF