Mamata Banerjee breaks silence on triple talaq bill, says Centre’s ‘defective’ legislation doesn’t protect Muslim women

"We are sensitive while addressing issues concerning women. But we will not keep quiet if a defective bill is passed to change the law," the West Bengal Chief Minister said

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: January 3, 2018 6:34 pm
Mamata Banerjee on triple talaq bill West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee said her government supported protection of Muslim women but asserted that the bill was flawed. (File photo)

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who did not comment after the Supreme Court declared the practice of instant triple talaq unconstitutional in August, broke her silence on the issue on Wednesday, saying the legislation brought in by the BJP government was “politically motivated and would not serve the interest of Muslim women”.

Speaking at a public meeting in Birbhum district, the Trinamool Congress chief sought to dispel doubts that the party was not in favour of the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill owing to the fear of losing votes. She said her government supported protection of Muslim women but asserted that the bill was flawed.

“We never opposed the proposed bill on instant triple talaq. We are in favour of the protection of Muslim women. There are people in Muslim community who abide by the law and customs of their religion. They don’t believe in such practices. Despite such fact, the BJP has brought forward a defective bill. Instead of giving protection to Muslim women, they are doing politics with the bill. We don’t want Muslim women to face any injustice but this is a politically motivated bill,” the CM said.

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When the Lok Sabha on Thursday debated and passed the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights of Marriage) Bill, which contains penal provisions for any man practising instantaneous triple talaq or talaq-e-biddat, TMC MPs neither participated in the debate nor did they vote. This led many to accuse the TMC government of appeasing Muslim voters, who have traditionally thrown their weight behind Banerjee.

However, opposing the Bill may alienate at least one half of the state’s 27 per cent Muslims — women of the community — and perhaps risk the wrath of women’s organisations. Seeking to counter all accusations, Banerjee said the government was sensitive while addressing issues concerning women. “We want the protection of Muslim women, Hindu women and Christian women. We are sensitive while addressing issues concerning women. But we will not keep quiet if a defective bill is passed to change the law,” she added.


Meanwhile, while speaking to reporters outside Parliament on Wednesday, TMC MP Derek O’Brien said the bill was a faulty one. “We are all for this bill, but it is a faulty bill. No women’s groups, stakeholders were consulted. All we ask for is that talk to all stakeholders,” he said.

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  1. Mahesh Naik Mahesh Naik
    Jan 7, 2018 at 5:20 pm
    The problem is who will paythe doles tothe des ute.It would be wonderful if the religious ins utions of the respective communities are saddled with the cause of expenses as one cannot expect a secular state to look only after talaq talaq talaq victims.
      Jan 4, 2018 at 12:14 am
      This lady understood the contents of the Bill well. It was in no way helpful to Muslim women without any monetary benefits or her husband to be in jailed for not committing any crime since SC declared Triple Talaq void and uncons utional. BJP is blind and wants to occupy power by hook or by crook without doing anything for the people of the country. Their ideology and rath is punctured in the Rajya Sabha well. Bill, if would have been passed, would have created more problems in the Society for Muslim Women and Men. It was anti-social Bill anti-family bill.
      1. Muftkhor By Choice
        Jan 3, 2018 at 8:50 pm
        Its a shame that inspite of being a woman, she is ignoring injustice on women and bowing before islamic clerics.
        1. Neem Neem
          Jan 5, 2018 at 8:52 am
          Why AMLPB did not take care of Victims of Triple Talaq by giving financial assistance and emotional comforts by AMLPB? Why this question was not asked by any secular parties to AMLPB which is singularly responsible for bringing Triple Talaq Bill to the parliament? Muslim women want safety, security and protection under Indian Cons ution similar to anti dowry law with penal clauses including imprisonment and fine.Women of India want strict laws with punishment to fight against the evil system of Trople Talaq prevailing in Muslim community.Secular parties are playing vote bank politics. They are mocking at the rights of Muslim women for vote bank politics.
        2. Vijai Kapoor
          Jan 3, 2018 at 8:20 pm
          TMC is a Muslim party. It is an Anti Hindu communal party.
          1. focusfurnish focus
            Jan 3, 2018 at 8:05 pm
            Bil need proper cinsultation.. un islam triple made vecause ut is need some period. One talaq done done they can recinsider.. Ecen ladies have to nake sure she is pregnant etc. So made three tumes.. but sime. Muslum misusing. So rule need to go with nuskum laws
            1. Neem Neem
              Jan 5, 2018 at 10:52 am
              Indian Cons ution is for all people of this country. It prevails over all personal laws of this country This is the foundation of our cons ution envisaged by our founders of Cons ution.If any community want to push their personal law to prevail over Cons ution by any means or for vote bank politics then there is no other way except derecognition of personal laws is the only option to maintain equality and equilibrium in secularism under the Indian Cons ution as envisaged by our founders of the Cons ution.
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