While polygamy allows a Muslim man to have four wives, nikah halala deals with the process in which a Muslim woman, in order to remarry her former husband, has to marry a different person and get divorced from him.
While the BJP-led government at the Centre “claimed to care about the rights of Muslim women, it had come up with the triple talaq Bill, which is an injustice against Muslim women,” Owaisi said.
According to Justice Gogoi, the Supreme Court was “beaming new light into the promises of justice, liberty, equality and fraternity that we the people of India have made to one another” and cited the judgement on triple talaq as an example.
There are several provisions in the bill which, if it becomes an Act, will create and enhance problems for Muslim women, said AIMPLB secretary Umrain Mahfooz.
Those being considered for the office are advocate Madhavi Goradia Divan and senior advocates Aman Lekhi, Sandeep Sethi and Vikramjit Banerjee, sources said.
“The Sharia is not divine, it has evolved. It is not a stagnant pool. Centuries after Prophet, they brought in the concept of ‘taqleed’, which means one cannot questioned the Sharia,” said Zeenat Shaukat Ali.
The organisations which met the law minister said that the bill, cognizable and non bailable in nature, allows anyone to file a complaint against the husband, unlike the bigamy laws where only the wife can be the complainant.
State president of BJP’s minority wing Haider Abbas Chand said he did not have information about Sofia, but added, “It is only in BJP that such little-known dedicated workers can rise.”
AIMPLB spokesman Maulana Khalil-ur-Rehman Sajjad Nomani said a detailed discussion on the matter will be held at a meeting in Hyderabad from February 9.
In a media address before the sitting, PM Modi appealed to parliamentarians to prioritise the passing of the Triple Talaq Bill, which he referred to as “a New Year gift to the Muslim women”. The bill was passed by Lok Sabha in Winter Session but stalled in Rajya Sabha.
Ordinary Muslims learn compassion, equality and humility from stories they grow up with.
Referring to the Oppositions’ demand of sending the bill to a selection committee, Kumar said that the bill was now the property of Rajya Sabha. “Let the House decide,” he added.
“Between 2005-2015, there were more than 80,000 dowry deaths in India. Twenty-two women die daily on account of dowry, and even after the Nirbhaya incident, there was a rapid increase in number of rape cases. Law is not the answer,” AIMIM leader said.
While the proposed legislation does make the offence a cognisable one, BMMA has suggested that it should be made so only at the instance of the wife to prevent any misuse.
Owaisi claimed that such incidents were happening at the behest of people, who follow “hate ideologies” and that they are getting emboldened with each passing day. “These are the same people who killed Gandhi, Dabholkar and Pansare,” he added.