Section of Muslim women oppose criminalization of ‘triple talaq’; heres why

there is no unanimity to this school of thought

Section of Muslim women oppose criminalization of ‘triple talaq’; heres why

Days ahead of tabling of the Muslim Women Bill in Parliament, at least a section of Muslim women feel that criminalizing the triple talaq practice would infact be used to target Muslim men rather than serving the purpose of gender justice.

However, there is no unanimity to this school of thought.

The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2017 will be tabled in the Lok Sabha on December 28, 2017 and Ravi Shankar Prasad will introduce the Bill to “protect the rights of married Muslim women” and stop the practice of instant triple talaq.

In the meantime, Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan (BMMA), which was one of the petitioners in the case titled Muslim Women’s Quest for Equality, says that the Bill should be referred to the Standing Committee of the Parliament and amendments should be made.

However, triple talaq victim Arshiya Ismail, who is the chief training officer in a Army College was of the opinion that though marriage is a civil act but instant triple talaq should be made criminal.

Another woman from Bengal, Ishtar Jehan, differs in the opinion that the matter should be treated as a civil matter.

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