JAIPUR — The walled city of Jaipur witnessed a vast sea of Burqa clad Muslim women on the roads in a silent protest against the proposed triple talaq Bill on Wednesday.
Led by All India Muslim Personal Law Board’s member Yasmeen Farooqui, women carrying placards demanded that the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill be withdrawn by the Central Government.
The protest march started from Char Darwaza and culminated at Muslim Musafir Khana is said to be a historic and unprecedented protest march in Jaipur in which more than one lakh women participated.
A memorandum was also submitted to the Governor which stated that “Muslim women are against the Bill and the protest rally sent out a strong message to the government to not interfere in the religious rights guaranteed by the Constitution.”
“It is important to hold such protest in a BJP-ruled state where they have created propaganda that Bill is reformatory. The Bill gives special power to state to imprison Muslim men for up to three years for pronouncing triple talaq. Is it not ironical that on August 22, 2017, the Supreme Court banned triple talaq. So the point is when it is banned or not legal how can you put somebody in jail for giving triple talaq”, Yasmeen Farooqui told reporters.
Referring to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘sympathy’ towards Muslim women and his repeated assertion that the law on triple talaq will change the face and condition of Muslim women in the society and family, she said, “If at all Modiji is concerned for the Muslim women lets grant us reservation like other marginalised communities. I assure him Muslims will empower socially and financially”.
On February 26, a similar protest march by hundreds of Muslim women was organised in Jhunjhunu district headquarter, and AIMPLB will hold many more in other states on this very demand, Imitiyaz Khan, its spokesman said.