Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) government on Thursday presented the triple talaq bill in the Lok Sabha. The bill seeks to make instant triple talaq illegal with up to three years in jail for the husband.
During a debate in the Lower House, Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said that the legislation was a must for gender equality and justice as women are being divorced by ‘talaq-e-biddat’ despite an August 2017 Supreme Court verdict striking down the practice of instant triple talaq. He said, since January 2017, 574 such cases have been reported by the media.
Ravi Shankar appealed in the parliament not to give this issue a political colour. “Don’t look at this issue through political lenses. This is an issue of justice and humanity… an issue of women rights and empowerment… we can’t abandon our Muslim sisters.”
Ravi Shankar Prasad said, “Irrespective of religion, all women are equal in the eyes of law. Why should Muslim women be left to fend for themselves? So many countries are bringing a law against Triple Talaq, then why can’t a secular country like India do it?”
The opposition parties are against the bill as they demand some amendments in it, even BJP ally Janata Dal-United (JD-U) is against the Bill.