Withdraw instant triple talaq ordinance: women’s groups

A supporter of All India Muslim Personal Law Board’s women wing holding placards against triple talaq ordinance in the city on Saturday.  

Women activists and supporters of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB)’s women’s wing on Saturday lodged protest against the ordinance criminalising instant triple talaq and described the move as a ‘political stunt’.

Addressing the media, AIMPLB member Asma Zehra claimed the ordinance intends to throw Muslim men in jail for three years. That, she said, is unjust and against the very essence of human rights. In line with what some politicians and others have said about the Centre in connection with framing of the ordinance, Ms. Zehra said the Bharatiya Janata Party-led government at the Centre has made no effort to reach out to Muslim groups before or during framing of the ordinance.

“The triple talaq bill is in the Rajya Sabha. The government did not talk to any intellectual or Islamic scholar, and the bill has not been passed by the Rajya Sabha,” she said. The AIMPLB has said the three-year prison term for those who pronounce triple talaq would destroy families and drive them to economic ruin.

Touching upon the AIMPLB’s signature campaign and representations sent to the Law Commission of India, Ms. Zehra said the Centre has ignored the nearly five crore signatories. The AIMPLB’s women’s wing demanded immediate withdrawal of the ordinance. Meanwhile, the Hyderabad Muslim Women’s Forum (HMWF), an umbrella body of activists from different organisations, also condemned the ordinance.

Activist Kaneez Fathima said instant triple talaq is a practice which stems from patriarchal and social attitudes. She sought to make a case that much like domestic violence, instant triple talaq too is rooted in ‘male dominance’.

The HMWF said the complex issue of instant triple talaq cannot be tackled in a ‘simplistic’ fashion, as prescribed by the ordinance, which the body described as thoughtless.

In a statement released to the media, the HMWF said, “The bill passed by the Lok Sabha itself was unnecessary as the Supreme Court has ruled, on numerous occasions, that instant talaq in illegal.” Demanding withdrawal of the ordinance, the HMWF said, “It (ordinance) seeks to impose three years of imprisonment on erring husbands while mandating that he provide maintenance to the family. How can a husband in jail provide for the wife and child?”

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