Lok Sabha passes triple talaq Bill; Congress and other parties go along

31 December, 2017, 00:55 | Author: Devin Moran
  • Bill criminalising triple talaq intriduced in Lok Sabha

The government introduced a bill to overhaul India's medical education in Lok Sabha on Friday, a day after passing the historic legislation to criminalise instant triple talaq.

Prasad clarified that the Bill provides for subsistence allowance for the wife and dependent children after triple talaq is pronounced, a demand that a few opposition parties had made during the course of the debate. He also said that under the leadership of PM Modi, BJP was committed towards justice to women, which should not be based on caste or religion.

The bill provides for the constitution of four autonomous boards entrusted with conducting undergraduate and postgraduate education, assessment and accreditation of medical institutions and registration of practitioners under the National Medical Commission. Both the government and the key Opposition party are on board.

It also proposes a common entrance exam and licentiate exams which all medical graduates will have to clear to get practicing licences, the official said. "I appeal to this House and the biggest panchayat that please do not see this Bill from the prism of politics", he said, adding it should neither be confined within the walls of political parties, nor should it be looked as vote bank politics.

Members said the government needed to dispel the perception of harbouring "ulterior motives" in pushing through the Bill. Members also pointed out bringing in a legislation was redundant as the Supreme Court, with its majority judgement, has already put in place the law that bans triple talaq.

The Supreme Court stayed the practice of triple talaq on August 22 for six months till Parliament framed a law. Recalling an anecdote of the Nehruivan era, Akbar said the country's first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, had during a conversation revealed that he could not reform the Muslim Personal Law because the time was not appropriate.


"We do not want to interfere in Sharia. This Bill is on talaq-e-biddat... the issue is not of religion, faith, puja, the issue is of gender justice, equality and dignity... there is no common civil code in this". "We were expecting that after this judgment, triple talaq cases would come down and situation would improve... but... about 300 triple talaq cases happened in 2017 and 100 were reported after the Supreme Court's judgment", he said, adding that there was one report of a woman being given triple talaq merely because she woke up late in the morning.

M J Akbar, Minister of State for External Affairs in the BJP-led Government, questioned the credibility of the AIMPLB.

"Instead of looking at civil remedies, the government is trying to look at criminal remedies", she said.

After the Bill was tabled, All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) president Asaduddin Owaisi opposed it, contending that it violated fundamental rights.

"There is an absence of consistency with the existing legal framework".

Neither of the two groups, which have been at the forefront of the struggle to invalidate the practice, had been consulted by the government before drafting the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights in Marriage) Bill, 2017. "Cool down", many BJP MPs were heard countering Owaisi.

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