The government wants to pass the Triple talaq bill as soon as possible eyeing the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Will the Triple talaq Bill be a defining turn before 2019 Lok Sabha Elections?
The Central government on Friday reintroduced the controversial Triple Talaq bill in Rajya Sabha after a failed attempt last year.
The Union cabinet on Thursday made amendments to the triple talaq law, officially called Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill 2017, to dilute two contentious provisions. Last year the government succeed in passing the bill from the Lok Sabha, however, the bill got stuck in the Rajya Sabha as the BJP led NDA is in the minority.
The amendments include that the only a woman, or a close relative can file a police case against her husband for instant triple talaq. She can drop the case if the husband comes around later and they arrive at a compromise. The third amendment states that the magistrate can decide on releasing the husband on bail only after hearing the wife.
However, the cabinet didn’t change the provision of the Three-year penalty for the husband and the provision that only empowers a magistrate, and not a local police officer, to release the accused on bail.
The bill was first introduced in the Budget Session, however, it was only passed in Lok Sabha where BJP has the majority. However, the bill was stalled in Rajya Sabha. The government wants to pass the Triple talaq bill as soon as possible eyeing the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
Will the Triple talaq Bill be a defining turn before 2019 Lok Sabha Elections? HW News brings you reactions from across party lines.
Nawab Malik, NCP spokesperson:
“Instant Triple Talaq has been declared unconstitutional by the honorable Supreme Court. The provisions that are being made in the Triple Talaq Bill against the offenders as punishment has been approved by the Cabinet itself. Let the proposal be made on the table than the party may take a call if more amendments are required. The decision will be made in the parliament itself. The BJP wants to politicize this issue and use it as a political tool to polarize the society but in my opinion, I don’t think there will be any major impact as such on the upcoming 2019 Lok Sabha Elections.”
Madhav Bhandari, BJP Spokesperson:
“We as BJP, don’t look at this issue as an election issue. Elections come & go every 5 year but this matter has been there for centuries. The instant Triple Talaq Bill is certainly not an election issue and we look at this issue from the angle of women empowerment, their rights, and their security, they are of utmost importance to us & we are committed to secure the Muslim women’s interest.”
Gajanan Kirtikar, Shivsena MP:
“There is no relation of the Triple Talaq Bill with the upcoming Election. Individually if we look at this bill, this is a far more serious issue because of the injustice & violence the Muslim women have been facing for years so to protect the interest of the Muslim women the bill was firstly introduced in the parliament and not political. The Bill certainly will have no implication on the upcoming 2019 General Election. The voters are smart and generally, at the time of Election they recall what has presently happened and not the instances of the past so based on that they decide whom to vote. The voter’s attitude changes frequently so do their choice to vote for a particular party, it is a temporary phenomenon and I am of a view that the provisions made in the Instant Triple Talaq Bill should certainly be viewed as something to empower Muslim women so please don’t politicize this.”
Sachin Sawant, Congress Spokesperson:
“BJP is trying to project the picture differently, as far as the policies of BJP are concerned, made especially for minorities are very well defined which roots from the ideologies of RSS. The thought process of BJP Party men reflects ideologies of RSS to a very large extent. BJP wants to use the Triple Talaq Bill to create a confusion. They might have by now realized that the cabinet has reworked the bill for Instant Triple Talaq that definitely indicates that whatever opposition was demanding was absolutely just and the stand of BJP has been unjust as it is politically motivated.”