Triple Talaq Bill tabled in Lok Sabha; here’s what Asad Owaisi says

A bill banning Triple Talaq was tabled in the Lok Sabha on Friday. The bill, tabled by Union Law and Justice Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, will outlaw the practice of instant Triple Talaq.

Responding to this All India Majlis Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) president Asaduddin Owaisi said:
“Triple Talaq bill is unconstitutional. It’s a violation of Constitution’s Article 14 & 15. We already have Domestic Violence Act 2005, CrPC Section 125, Muslim Women Marriage Act. If Triple Talaq Bill becomes a law it will be even greater injustice against women.”

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He further asked: “If a man gets arrested, how will he give allowance from jail? Govt says if a Muslim man commits this crime the marriage will remain intact&he’ll be jailed for 3 yrs if punished by court. He’ll be jailed for 3 yrs but marriage will be intact! What law is Mr Modi forming?”

Asaduddin Owaisi also said “I would like to ask him what kind of justice is this that if such law is implemented on a non-Muslim man then he goes to jail for 1 year and Muslim man goes to jail for 3 years.”

The Bill proposes to declare the practice of triple talaq as void and illegal. It makes the offence punishable with imprisonment up to three years and fine. It also provides for payment of subsistence allowance to married Muslim women and dependent children.

The Bill also proposes to make the offence cognizable, if information relating to the commission of an offence is given to an officer in charge of a police station by the married Muslim woman upon whom talaq is pronounced or by any person related to her by blood or marriage.

The offence is made compoundable with the permission of the Magistrate at the instance of the married Muslim woman upon whom talaq is pronounced.

The Bill further provides for hearing the married Muslim woman upon whom talaq is pronounced before the accused is released on bail by the Magistrate.

The triple talaq Bill was passed in Lok Sabha on December 27 last year with 245 votes in favour and 11 against it.

However, the bill lapsed after it could not get through Rajya Sabha and subsequent dissolution of Lok Sabha.

On an earlier occasion too, the bill could not be passed from Rajya Sabha even after it was approved by the Lok Sabha.

With inputs from IANS/ANI

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