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Talaq Bill is anti-Muslim: Mehbooba

Former chief minister and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti on Monday termed the Triple Talaq Bill, passed in the Lok Sabha recently, “an assault on the Muslim family structure.”

“After creating divisions on religious and sectarian lines, the BJP now wants to divide Muslim families through the Triple Talaq Bill. With an economic onslaught already on against Muslims through curbs on meat and leather, the social crisis the Bill can cause will impoverish them further. It would lead to economic disturbance for men and women,” Ms. Mufti told reporters here.

Herself a divorcee and a single mother of two daughters, she said Muslims take pride in their strong family structure and bonding.

“The same is true of other religions in the East, considered an advantage over the Western culture. However, this Bill is a direct assault on that,” said Ms. Mufti.

Ms. Mufti married her cousin in 1984 but fell apart within six years of her marriage and later worked in a private bank to raise her two daughters. “I have gone through a broken marriage and I feel that a woman faces the biggest challenge economically after her marriage is broken,” she said.

“Democracy is not run through brute majority, it is about consensus. It’s important to empower Muslim women to face the world independently in case of a breakup.”

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