Govt, Oppn Spar Over Triple Talaq Bill as it Clears LS Hurdle

The move drew mixed reaction from Muslim bodies, with some terming it dangerous and others welcoming it.

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The Triple Talaq Bill was passed in the Lok Sabha after a walkout by the Opposition on Thursday, 27 December. The Congress and the AIADMK staged a walk out when the Speaker refused to refer the bill to a Joint Select Committee.

Here’s how activists and leaders from across the political spectrum reacted to the news:

Ministers, BJP Leaders Congratulate Modi Government

Congress Must Apologise for Decades of Injustice: Amit Shah

BJP chief Amit Shah lauded the government for passing the Triple Talaq Bill in the Lok Sabha and demanded Congress’ apology for delaying justice to Muslim women.

“Congratulations to PM Modi ji and the entire govt for successfully passing the Triple Talaq Bill in Lok Sabha,” Shah said in a tweet.

“This is a historic step ensuring equality and dignity for the Muslim women. Congress and other parties must apologise for decades of injustice towards Muslim women,” he added.

Confident the Bill Will Be Passed in Rajya Sabha: Rajnath Singh

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh welcomed the passing of the Triple Talaq Bill. He said, “This was essential and it has been passed. Congress had supported it last time, I can’t understand why they walked out this time. I am sure this bill will be passed in the Rajya Sabha as well.”

Congress Walkout Exposes Their Vote Bank Politics: Rajyavardhan Rathore

Union Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore said, “The way Congress walked out today, it exposes their vote bank politics again. It’s their diplomatic nature. Now they'll try to stop it in Rajya Sabha. But our philosophy is to strengthen everyone and work together.”

Opposition Slams Centre

Bill is Against the Constitution: Mallikarjun Kharge

Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge has alleged that the bill is against the Constitution and it has been passed for political gains.

He said,“Bill presented is against the Constitution, it’s against fundamental rights. We asked for the Bill to be sent to Joint Select Committee to get justice for Muslim women. They tried to get it passed as Lok Sabha polls are approaching.”

BJP Seeking Political Gains: AAP’s Sanjay Singh

Aam Aadmi Party leader Sanjay Singh, alleged that BJP was seeking political gains by posing itself as the champion of Muslim women's cause.

He said it is beyond comprehension why the BJP was bent on penal provision for triple talaq, when the practice had already been ruled illegal by the Supreme Court.

“What about the large number of Hindu women who face rape, murder and dowry death across the country?" Singh questioned.

Bill Will Become a Source of Injustice Against Muslim Women: Owaisi

Reacting to the passage of the bill, All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul Muslimeen (AIMIM) leader Asaduddin Owaisi alleged that it will become a source of injustice against Muslim women.

Bill Is a Masquerade by Modi Govt to Conceal the Reality: CPI (M)

CPI(M) Politburo member Brinda Karat said her party has opposed the bill as it criminalises an essentially civil matter.

"For no other community law, desertion is a ground for arrest. The bill is a masquerade by the Modi government to conceal the reality that its agenda is not the protection of the rights of Muslim women but the promotion of its sectarian anti- minority policies," she said.

"I support the Supreme Court judgment for the end of arbitrary and instant triple talaq, but nowhere has the court given sanction for criminalisation," she said.

Mixed Reaction From Muslim Bodies

The passing of the Triple Talaq Bill drew mixed reaction from Muslim bodies, with some terming it dangerous and others welcoming it.

SQR Ilayas, member of working committee of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) said, there was no need for this bill and it has been brought keeping in mind the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

Maulana Mahmood Daryabadi, General Secretary of the All India Ulema Council said, "The government should be focusing on fund for Muslim women and children who will be left without any source of income once their husband goes to jail."

Zakia Soman, member of the Bhartiya Muslim Mahila Andolan, welcomed the bill and further demanded the Muslim Marriage Act on lines of the Hindu Marriage Act that would deal with other issues like polygamy and child guardianship.

NCW Welcomes Move

The National Commission for Women (NCW) welcomed the passage of the Triple Talaq Bill in the Lok Sabha.

NCW Chairperson Rekha Sharma said,"We welcome the move. We have seen the suffering of the women in absence of the bill and we have long been advocating its passage," she said.

Wrongful Attempt to Divorce Must Be a Civil Offence, Not a Criminal One: Kavita Krishnan

Secretary of All India Progressive Women's Association (AIPWA), Kavita Krishnan, asked how the law can be different for different communities.

"Why such an offence (abandoning wives) when committed by a non-Muslim man is considered to be a civil offence and the same is being criminalised when committed by a Muslim man?" she asked.

She said a wrongful attempt to divorce or deserting a wife must be a civil offence and not a criminal one.

(With inputs from PTI and ANI)

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