The bill seeking to make the practice of "triple talaq" a criminal offence was passed by the lower house of the Indian Parliament on Friday evoking a strong response by different sections of society. The bill proposes a three-year jail term for a Muslim husband who marries another woman by simply uttering "Talaq, talaq, talaq" to his wife.
India has been one of the very few countries in the world that recognises polygamy by Muslim men; the other countries being Malaysia, Philippines, and Singapore.
The bill was passed by the Lok Sabha after a five-hour debate on Friday. While many lawmakers came out in support of the bill calling it a long overdue move towards ensuring equal rights for Muslim women, there were equally strong arguments against the bill by some leaders of the opposition. The main opposition party, the Congress and the AIADMK walked out of the house during the voting on the bill as a mark of protest.
Great news. Hope the bill is also passed soon in the Rajya Sabha. Also hope that implementation of Domestic Violence and Cruelty laws is strengthened in the nation. https://t.co/7GC4GdtfaA— Swati Maliwal (@SwatiJaiHind) December 27, 2018
A sensible piece on #TripleTalaqBill & the larger issue of abandoned wives in India. It begets the question--why aren't the BJP & the Congress serious about bringing uniform civil code? Religious personal laws are archaic & do not address the problems of modern life. Shun them. https://t.co/BM4oLC9ToZ— Aarti Tikoo Singh (@AartiTikoo) December 28, 2018
What a Nation:
— Atul Kumar Mishra (@TheAtulMishra) December 28, 2018
So called Right Wing Patriarchal Government fought for Minority women’s dignity and won
Secular Opposition fought the government
Liberal Media watched it like idle observers
Feminists avoided it like it’s none of their business#TripleTalaqbill
Those opposing the bill mainly argued that it was unnecessary meddling into religious affairs of the Muslim community and that a "civil issue" is being turned into a "criminal issue".
#TripleTalaqbill.— Abu Asim Azmi (@abuasimazmi) December 27, 2018
Let this be very clear,we Muslims will follow our Holy Quran and Shariah.We will follow our religious scriptures and any law which comes in between us following our Religion is un-constitutional.Freedom of Religion is our Fundamental Right.