Hyderabad: Women’s wing of All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) demanded immediate withdrawal of The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2017 — popularly known as the ‘triple talaaq’ ordinance, which was passed by the Union government recently.
Dr Asma Zehra, member of the board questioned the urgency of the BJP government in passing the triple talaq ordinance in haste in an ‘undemocratic’ and ‘unconstitutional’ manner.
“It is a political stunt. A man who is imprisoned for three years cannot be expected to come back and live again with his wife. It is injustice against human rights,” she said.
She said that to emerge as a crusader and champion of women’s rights, the Union government spread a false propaganda to show that the Bill was necessary. “More than five crore Muslims had sent signed representations to the Law Commission against any interference in the Muslim Personal Law. More than 250 protest meetings and rallies were organised across the country in which about two crore Muslim women participated,” Dr Asma said.
The AIMPLB demanded the government to take back the ordinance if they are really interested in protecting the rights of the Muslim women in the country.
Meanwhile, the Muslim Women’s Forum too strongly opposed the ordinance. The group said that the morally vacuous law cannot address the complexity of issues the Muslim women face today in and out of society.
It demanded the government to withdraw the ordinance and the pending Bill and asked the government to involve Muslim women through widespread consultations with Muslim women organisations and individuals before drafting the law.