Triple Talaq Bill is Attempt to Demonise Muslim Community, Says AIMIM Chief Asaduddin Owaisi
New Delhi, Dec 15: All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul Muslimeen (AIMIM) president Asaduddin Owaisi, in a letter, on Friday. to Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said the bill brought by the centre to criminalise triple talaq is an attempt to demonise Muslims in the country. The Cabinet on Friday had cleared the ‘Muslim Women Protection of Rights on Marriage Bill’ to be tabled in both houses of the Parliament, the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha.
Launching a scathing attack, firebrand leader Owaisi wrote the bill could end up a tool in the hands of law enforcement to discriminatory detention and arrest of Muslims. Owaisi added the attempt to bring the law to criminalise instant talaq is a futile exercise. He added the current laws are enough to provide remedies to Muslim women.
“It is regrettable that a constitutional value as important as gender justice is being used to merely further cynical political goals.” wrote Owaisi.
Owaisi added the efforts to expedite law in the name of protecting Muslim women is an attempt to demonise the community. The bill, introduced after Supreme Court’s order, would only be applicable to instant triple talaq or ‘talaq-e-biddat’. The legislation would give power to the victim to approach a magistrate seeking “subsistence allowance” for herself and minor children.
Under the draft law, triple talaq in any form — spoken, in writing or by electronic means such as email, SMS and WhatsApp — would be bad or illegal and void.
The Supreme Court, in its ruling in August, had declared the practice of instant triple talaq or Talaq-e-bidat unconstitutional and void.
(With inputs from agencies)