The most controvertial issue of instant Triple Divorce is being debated in the Lok Sabha today after the union minister for Law, Shiv Shankar Prasad on behalf of Narendra Modi government tabled the bill for being passed in the Lok Sabha. The minister emphatically asked the parliamentarians across party lines to support this bill unanimously beyond religious boundaries, vested interests and political ideology as it not only relieves the muslim women of the long term medieval practice of triple verbal divorce but also amount to empowering them to a great extent.
While the BJP has finally made up its mind to pass the bill, come what may, the main oppostion party Congress and the other anti BJP parties too are in support of it though under compulsion as the controvertial issue involves women empowerment particularly of the muslim women who are being the constant victim of this medieval tradition having the Shariat sanction.
The prime minister Narendra Modi has during the Uttar Pradesh legislative elections publicly given assurances to the muslim women to relieve them of these old conservative shackles that has literally made the life of millions of women of the minority community in immense jeopardy and doldrums, particularly those hailing from the women of rural orthodex belt and illiterate women.
There have been (and is still ) lots of hue and cry and protests from and amongst the religious minority heads as well as the All India Muslim Personel Law Board accusing the BJP led NDA government of arbitrarily meddling in the Shariat law of the Muslims to derive political capital and hurt their feelings. While the anti triple talaq bill that has various provisions like the one, punishment of three years etc for the guilty is being outrightly opposed by the Congress whose leader in parliament Malikarjun Kharge is also demanding to sent the bill to the parliament’s standing committee for certain amendments before getting it passed from both the houses of parliament.
The bill is harsh according to the Congress party as it also does not allow bail for the accused subject to his re approach to the magistrate with a written request giving sufficient reasonable grounds and reasons for seeking bail. The Congress party strongly opposes both these provisions and also asks the government to speak to other stake holders before making it a law and the stakeholders are none other then the maulvies and the ALL INDIA MUSLIM PERSONEL LAW BOARD who are ourightly opposing this bill.
However, despite all this, the way the ruling party has been successful in seeking the ovewhelming support of the myriad number of widespread suport from all the catagories of muslim women, particularly the women of the literate and intellectual catagory as a symbol of women empowerment, the secular parties like Congress and its anti BJP progressive partners are in a real fix who are neither able to eat nor swallow and are therefore in a fix in terms of adopting a clear stand on the issue but more or less favouring the bill.
However, whether this anti triple talaq bill is passed or not, though chances of its being passed are hundred percent sure, prime minister Narendra Modi’s name will be printed in golden letters in the annuls of Indian history for making this historic act possible for the muslim women being tortured and tramatised since ages due to the instant triple talaq tradtion under shariat law provisions.
It may be recalled that in 19 muslim countries including Pakistan, Bangladesh and Saudi Arabia Triple Talaq is fully banned for years.
It may be recalled that: The practice of Talaq-ul-bidat or triple talaq give men the authority to end a marriage by only uttering the word ‘talaq’ to their wives three times in succession.