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Muslim bodies to move apex court if triple talaq bill passed by Rajya Sabha

Given the Congress's stated support, the bill is likely to be passed by the Rajya Sabha, where the government lacks a majority.

By: PTI | Kochi | Published: December 31, 2017 10:04 pm
Triple Talaq Bill, Tamil Nadu, Triple Talaq punishment, Triple Talaq Bill punishment provisions, indian express The draft bill says, “any pronouncement of talaq by a person upon his wife, by words, either spoken or written or in electronic form or in any other manner whatsoever, shall be void and illegal”.

Alleging “illegality” in provisions of the bill that criminalises instant triple talaq, an IUML leader on Sunday said Muslim bodies would challenge it in the Supreme Court if the Rajya Sabha also passes it. The Lok Sabha had last week passed the bill that makes triple talaq punishable by up to three years imprisonment for the husband.

Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) leader in the Lok Sabha PK Kunjalikutty alleged there were many “lacunae” and “contradictions” in the bill passed by the Lower House last week. IUML national general secretary said various Muslim bodies in the country would move the Supreme Court if the bill was also passed by the Rajya Sabha.

“We will challenge it in the Supreme Court. We will move the apex court if the Rajya Sabha also passes the bill. The IUML will be a party to it,” Kunhalikutty told PTI. Hitting out at the BJP government, he alleged the ruling party’s move to “criminalize a family problem is completely politically motivated”.

“It is a bid (by the Centre) to interfere in the personal law,” the IUML leader said. Alleging there were lacunae in the bill, he said it does not answer many fundamental questions, including protection of the wife and children if the husband goes to jail for uttering “talaq” three times. He also claimed that the practise of triple talaq does not exist in the country.

The Lok Sabha had passed the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill last week by a voice vote after rejecting a string of amendments moved by opposition members. The bill will now be sent to the Rajya Sabha for passage before it is forwarded to the President for signing it into law.

Given the Congress’s stated support, the bill is likely to be passed by the Rajya Sabha, where the government lacks a majority. The Supreme Court had outlawed instant triple talaq in August and asked the government to frame a law within six months.

Ending the controversial divorce practice was one of the ruling BJP’s electoral promises. Members from RJD, AIMIM, BJD, AIADMK and All India Muslim League had opposed the bill, saying it was arbitrary in nature and a faulty proposal. ET Mohammed Basheer of the IUML and Asaduddin Owaisi of the AIMIM had alleged that through the bill the government was trying to bring in a Uniform Civil Code.

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  1. Kaliyan Vengadatthan
    Jan 1, 2018 at 6:51 pm
    Pak is the heart and soul of Islam. It has stopped the accurst Talaq. These Indian Muslims want to continue Talaq! CERTAINLY A LARGE SECTION OF INDIAN MUSLIMS ARE MORE FANATICAL THAN PAK MUSLIMS.
    1. Mangal May Gupta
      Jan 1, 2018 at 12:36 am
      1. Soemeer Prahladsingh
        Dec 31, 2017 at 10:46 pm
        Every woman should have the right to register her marriage certificate in accordance with her wish which is in line with criminal law, divorce law, right to alimony without interference from religion.
        1. Nilesh Jain
          Dec 31, 2017 at 10:23 pm
          Is there a Muslim women organization in India, it should also say that it'll fight back.