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Lok Sabha passes triple talaq Bill

“In law, you have to prove mens rea or guilty intention. If the husband says I had no intention but I was upset, I was angry, what happens then,” Ms. Dev asked.

Speaking on behalf of her party, BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi made an impassioned appeal in support of the bill and attacked the Congress by reminding the party that it had opposed the Shah Bano judgement of the Supreme Court in 1986.

“They were opposed to an allowance of Rs. 125 in the Shah Bano case and our Muslim sisters and the country suffered. After a gap of 30 years, there is an opportunity to correct it,” said Ms. Lekhi.

Despite being second largest opposition party in Lok Sabha, Trinamool Congress members didn’t take part in the debate despite being present.

Many parties who in principle supported the bill expressed concerns about making the civil issue of instant divorce a criminal offence and with little scope of reconciliation.

“Every family dispute should not result in a criminal action,” said Supriya Sule of the Nationalist Congress Party.

Badruddin Ajmal’s AIUDF, Asaduddin Owaisi of AIMIM and the Kerala-based Indian Union Muslim League said that the bill was politically motivated and encroached on Muslim personal law.

Joining issue with the Law Minister’s assertion that 22 Islamic nations have regulated triple talaq, Mr. Owaisi said no country has penal provisions. He said triple talaq was an emotional and verbal abuse and provisions of the domestic violence act was enough to deal with it. “This is the first step to take away all my personal laws that Article 21 of the Constitution guarantees,” he said.