Distancing herself from the Uniform Civil Code controversy, National Commission for Women (NCW) chief Lalitha Kumaramangalam has said that the NCW is only concerned with the banning of triple talaq and polygamy, which hang like “the sword of Damocles over the heads of Muslim women”.
“The debate has become increasingly polarised and political again, but our stand is not going to change. Triple talaq issue has nothing to do with UCC or any other code; it’s an effort to protect the rights of Muslim women… Whatever may have been said in the Quran many hundreds of years ago, we are not against that.
We are against the fact that triple talaq has deteriorated into what exists today, which is done unilaterally and leaves the woman and her children in bad shape,” said Kumaramangalam.
She added that the NCW is keen to ensure an end to this practice because a majority of women from the community are poorly educated and have no access to any recourse.
Stating that the demand for the ban has come from the community itself, she said, “They feel that the combination of triple talaq and polygamy is like the sword of Damocles over their heads.”