Mumbai: Muslim women in a meeting held in Anjuman Islam Jimkhana, Mumbai, have condemned the triple talaq bill passed from the Lok Sabha by the BJP government. The woman who included renowned Muslim activists from different walks of life said that the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill 2017 is against the fundamental human rights and thus must be scrapped.
The Bill that came for the discussion in Rajya Sabha earlier today has faced stiff opposition from opposition parties. These political parties, including the Congress, Left Front, TMC, DMK and other political outfits have said that the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill 2017 must be sent to the select committee. These parties are calling for major amendments in the bill saying that the three year jail term must be scrapped and it should be made a non-cognizable offence.
The female Muslim leaders said that when the Supreme Court has said that the triple talaq is void and it doesn’t take place, there was no need for the bill and that too with such stringent clauses. They claimed that the way the bill has been brought, it is going to increase the suffering of the Muslim women and their families. They went on to add that this will not give any succor to the affected woman and on the contrary will further destroy her life and life of her children.
The female Muslim leaders added that the bill will give a free hand to the police to target Muslim men on sheer whims. Now they will not need any complaint from woman to arrest a man, but merely a hearsay will be enough to put a Muslim man behind bars. They claimed that the bill is against the directions of the apex court and consists of numerous contradictions.
While speaking on the occasion, renowned Muslim academician and activist, Uzma Nahid said, “from the contours of the bill, it is not very hard to conclude that it is a step towards implementing uniform civil code in the country. It is all the more surprising that the community for which the bill has been brought, no dialogue was either held with the community scholars, leaders or even female Muslim scholars. The bill in unacceptable to us and must be scrapped”.
Mrs Nahid said that they have dispatched letters to Prime Minister, Law Minister, Human Rights Commission, Union Minister Maneka Gandhi and different members of Parliament.
The meeting was attended by Prof Nasreen Fazil (Mumbai University), Flavia Agnes, (Majlis chairman), Adv. A Dmello, Mrs Shahina (Co-ordinator AIWA) besides many others.