THOUSANDS OF MUSLIM WOMEN PROTEST IN LUCKNOW AGAINST TRIPLE TALAQ BILL

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Muslim women protest in Lucknow against Triple Talaq Bill of Narendra Modi government on 18 March 2018. (Photo – Caravan Daily)

 

Similar grand protests have been held in different parts of the country in the last two weeks.

Syed Ghazanfar Abbas |Caravan Daily

LUCKNOW: Thousands of Muslim women held a massive protest demonstration here on Sunday against the central BJP government’s proposed Triple Talaq Bill.

Citing it as “anti-social, anti-women and anti-children” the Muslim women, who had gathered under the banner of All India Muslim Personal Law Board, demanded the Narendra Modi government to withdraw the bill which has been passed by the Lok Sabha but is stuck in the Rajya Sabha.

Won't Tolerate Change in Shariat: Muslim Women in Lucknow

THOUSANDS OF MUSLIM WOMEN PROTEST IN LUCKNOW AGAINST TRIPLE TALAQ BILL: Thousands of Muslim women held a massive protest demonstration here on Sunday against the central BJP government’s proposed Triple Talaq Bill. Citing it as “anti-social, anti-women and anti-children” the Muslim women, who had gathered under the banner of All India Muslim Personal Law Board, demanded the Narendra Modi government to withdraw the bill which has been passed by the Lok Sabha but is stuck in the Rajya Sabha.

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They were holding placards with anti-Triple Talaq bill slogans written on them in one hand and the national flag Tiranga in the other.

“Our sisters and daughters who remain in homes have now come out on the streets to tell the society and the government that we are happy with our Shariat,” said Asma Zohra, head of AIMPLB’s women wing.

“We have right to follow our Muslim Personal Law as per the rights guaranteed by the Constitution and we do not want any change in it. We want that the Triple Talaq Bill is withdrawn,” she said.

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Thousands of young and old Muslim women came out on the Lucknow streets to protest against the Triple Talaq Bill of the central BJP government.

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The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill 2017, popularly known as Triple Talq Bill, was passed by the Lok Sabha in the last week of December but could not pass through the Rajya Sabha in the first week of January this year as the Opposition demanded the government to send it to the Parliament’s Select Committee for thorough discussion on all aspects of the issue. The bill has some contentious provisions. It makes triple talaq a criminal offence and proposes a three-year jail term for a Muslim man who divorces his wife in any form of spoken, written or by electronic means such as email, SMS, and WhatsApp.

Muslim women protest in Lucknow against Triple Talaq Bill

Addressing the Lucknow press conference today, another Muslim woman said: “Form the Muslim women of Lucknow, I want to tell that we will not tolerate any interference in our Shariat. Such protests are being held in all parts of the country.”

Thousands of Muslim women protest against Triple Talaq Bill in Lucknow

In the last two weeks, several cities including Jaipur, Pune, Bhagalpur, Mumbai, Madhubani, massive protests were taken out by Muslim women against the Triple Talaq Bill.

Protest March Against Triple Talaq Bill in Lucknow

#TripleTalaqBill : Watch thousands of Muslim women marching in protest in Lucknow against Triple Talaq Bill of central BJP government.

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  1. I tend to agree with the ladies from a technical view point.
    The stated objective of The Muslim women (protection of rights on marriage) Bill, 2017, the provisions of which shall extend to the whole of India except the State of Jammu and Kashmir, is to protect the rights of married Muslim women and prohibiting divorce by instantaneously pronouncing talaq thrice by their husbands and matters emanating from this practice.
    Honourable Supreme Court has merely set aside talaq-e-biddat triple talaq hoping that an appropriate legislation shall be in place within six months. The Government of India leapt many steps forward proposing to make the instant pronouncement of talaq, talaq, talaq a criminal offence. Instead of only amending the existing The Muslim Personal Law (Shariat) Application Act, 1937 to the extent of deleting triple talaq from law, the Union Government brought in an innovative legislation standing apart from the Shariat Act.
    The Bill declares that: Any pronouncement of talaq by a person upon his wife, by words, either spoken or written or in electronic form or in any other manner whatsoever, shall be void and illegal and, that whoever pronounces talaq upon his wife shall be punished with imprisonment for up to three years and fine.
    The Bill further declares that a married Muslim woman upon whom talaq is pronounced, shall be entitled to receive from her husband such amount of subsistence allowance for her and dependent children as may be determined by the designated First Class Magistrate. She shall be entitled to custody of her minor children in such manner as may be determined by the Magistrate. The offence punishable shall be cognizable and non-bailable within the meaning of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973.
    The Bill proposes a new law without reference to the existing The Muslim Personal Law (Shariat) Application Act, 1937. This leaves scope for confusion as the Shariat Act is in operation. The Shariat Act needs to be amended to the extent required.
    The Bill makes instant pronouncement of talaq three times as void and illegal. In law, void means of no legal effect. An action, document or transaction which is void is of no legal effect whatsoever. Void is an absolute nullity, and the law treats it as if it had never existed or happened. An action which is ‘void’ having no effect whatsoever can neither be legal or illegal for the simple reason that it does not or did not exist. Triple talaq can only be either void or illegal; it cannot be both at the same time. This means that a void talaq, which is not a talaq, is a criminal talaq. The Bill leaves scope for further confusion.
    Since the pronouncement of talaq-e biddat – triple talaq is void and, thereby, of no consequence whatsoever, the marital status of the Muslim husband and wife married-by-nikah shall continues to exist. Thus, the ordained right with duty of Muslim couple married-by-nikah to conjugal life in cohabitation remains intact, yet, effectually destroyed by the Bill with the husband in jail and wife left in an undefined lurch. The wife still in the bounds of marriage-by-nikah cannot go where she opts to, nor marry someone else. Moreover, regular payments of subsistence allowance for the Muslim wife and her dependent children will be processed post-trial when the Muslim husband is finally convicted by the judiciary. At the same time, the obligation of reconciliation for restoration of marriage is irrevocably crushed.
    The marriage-by-nikah is a civil contract; it is not sacrosanct. However, instant pronouncement of triple talaq can, at best, be seen as definite intention of the Muslim husband to divorce his wife. The intentioned talaq that cannot happen or be effective in any manner has been made a criminal offence. It is baffling that the Bill criminalises an ineffective intention to breach a civil contract of Muslim marriage-by-nikah. It needs examination by legal experts if triple talaq is an ineffectual intention to divorce, and if such ineffectual intention to breach a civil contract is a criminal offence.
    The Bill shows ambiguities on a closer look. In its present form, it cannot be seen as proposing to better the lives of Muslim women. Redrafting of the Bill appears to be imminent.
    There is more to come. Some other provisions in the Muslim Personal Laws are going to be adjudicated by the Honourable Supreme Court. New Laws will be made. It is time for all stake holders to discuss the issues without individual or group prejudices.
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