Several women have filed complaints with the police alleging ‘instant’ divorce by husbands
A Muslim woman looks on a celebration for the passage of a law to outlaw Triple Talaq, or “instant divorce.”
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Hapur: A woman in Uttar Pradesh’s Hapur was given ‘triple talaq’ after she merely asked her husband for Rs 30 to buy medicines, police said.
The incident took place two days ago and DSP, Hapur, Rajesh Singh said that the woman’s complaint has already been filed.
The woman, who was married three years ago, said that her husband took away their children and pushed her out of the house.
“I has asked for Rs 30 to buy medicines and my husband started shouting at me. He pronounced ‘talaq’ thrice and his family members pushed me out of the house,” she said.
The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage), Bill, 2019, which criminalizes instant ‘triple talaq’ among Muslims and attracts a jail term of three years for the husband came into force on August 1.
Several women have filed complaints with the police alleging they were divorced by their husbands using the Islamic law that allows a husband to annul a marriage by uttering the word ‘talaq’ – Arabic for “divorce” – three times, even after Parliament passed the Bill.
A woman in Sitapur alleged earlier this month that her nose was chopped off by her in-laws after she refused to withdraw a case of triple talaq.
Another woman in Muzaffarnagar was divorced through triple talaq on WhatsApp by her husband who works in Kuwait as a labourer. The divorce came after she filed a dowry and harassment case against him and his family.
Triple Talaq bill passed by Indian parliament
Bill outlawing Triple Talaq was passed in the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of Parliament
Published: July 30, 2019 18:26 IANS
New Delhi: Parliament on Tuesday approved the bill that makes instant triple talaq a criminal offence, after the contentious legislation was passed by Rajya Sabha following non-aligned BJD extending support and NDA constituents JD-U and AIADMK walking out.
Lok Sabha had passed the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill last week and with Rajya Sabha now approving it, the practice of instant divorce by Muslim men will be punishable by jail term of up to three years.
The Upper House passed the bill by 99 votes in favour and 84 against it.
It earlier rejected an opposition sponsored motion to send the bill to a Rajya Sabha Select Committee with 100 votes against it as compared to 84 in favour.
On twitter, PM Narendra Modi has hailed it as “ an occasion to salute the remarkable courage of those Muslim women who have suffered great wrongs just due to the practice of Triple Talaq.”
“The abolition of Triple Talaq will contribute to women empowerment and give women the dignity they deserve in our society,” he added.
This is an occasion to salute the remarkable courage of those Muslim women who have suffered great wrongs just due to the practice of Triple Talaq.
The abolition of Triple Talaq will contribute to women empowerment and give women the dignity they deserve in our society.40.8K2:55 PM – Jul 30, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy10.2K people are talking about this
I thank all parties and MPs who have supported the passage of The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2019 in both Houses of Parliament. They have risen to the occasion and this step of theirs will forever be remembered in India’s history.39.5K2:54 PM – Jul 30, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy8,194 people are talking about this
While BJD supported the legislation, JD-U and AIADMK walked out, lowering the majority mark which normally stands at 121. The ruling NDA has 107 members in the 242-member Rajya Sabha.
The NDA was also helped by the absence of some members of SP and BSP as well as those of Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) and YSR-Congress.
The same strategy had helped the government push through the contentious amendment to the Right To Information (RTI) Act last week despite lacking numbers in the Upper House.
Once granted assent by the President, the bill will replace an ordinance promulgated last on February 21 to the same effect as the bill.
Replying to a four-and-half-hour debate on the Bill, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad cited jail provisions in the legislations that ban dowry and multiple marriages by Hindu men to justify the three-year jail term for Muslim men practices triple talaq.
To Leader of the Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad, who termed the bill as a politically motivated move to destroy Muslim households with domestic fights, the minister said the Congress leader should think of why his party could never win majority following the peak of 400-plus seats it won in 1984.
He saw the 1986 Shah Bano case, where the Congress did not stick its neck out to support women rights, as the main reason for the downfall of the party.
The law, he said, was not being brought due to the Supreme Court ruling of 2017 declaring talaq-e-biddat, commonly referred to as instant triple talaq, unconstitutional.
“I am a minister of Narendra Modi government and not Rajiv Gandhi government,” he said citing the Shah Bano case of 1986.
He said he cannot leave in lurch women who have been divorced by triple talaq via WhatsApp or other such means.
When Muslim world is trying to reform, why can’t a democracy do the same, he said.
Trying to shed anti-Muslim image, he said his party gave the nation a President from the same community.
On opposition charge of targeting Muslims, he said BJP may be getting a little less votes from the community but it considers them very much a part of the country and works on the principle of ‘sabka saath, sabka vikas, sabka vishwas’.
Prasad said the bill should not be seen through a political prism as it is a matter of humanity, woman empowerment and gender equality.
“More than 20 Islamic nations have regulated triple talaq,” he said.
Azad said the opposition has been forced to vote against the bill after the government did not accept their demand to send it to a select committee and make triple talaq a civil offence.
The Triple Talaq bill could not make it through the Upper House earlier this year during the first term of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government, although it was passed by Lok Sabha.
The Bill was again passed by the Lok Sabha last week amid a walkout by several opposition parties including the Congress and the Trinamool Congress.
The opposition parties say in its current form, the proposed law could be misused to harass Muslims and wanted it to be reviewed by a parliamentary committee.
Indian woman gets triple talaq over phone from husband in Saudi Arabia
This comes three days after the Triple Talaq Bill was passed in India
Published: August 04, 2019 14:08 IANS
Kushinagar: The Kushinagar police have registered a case against a man who allegedly gave talaq to his wife over phone from Saudi Arabia.
This comes three days after the Triple Talaq Bill was passed by both the Houses of Parliament and got the President’s assent.
According to reports, the woman’s father submitted a written complaint to the police on Saturday following which an FIR was registered against the husband under Section 4 of the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Act, 2019, at the Nibua Naurangiya police station of Kushinagar district.
The accused Abdul Raheem, son of Tarabuddin, a resident of Shobha Chapra village under the Nibua Naurangiya police station in Kushinagar, said talaq three times to his 25-year-old wife Fatima Khatoon over phone on Wednesday and ended the call.
Fatima, daughter of Ahmad Ali, had got married to Abdul in 2014. After four months of marriage, Abdul went to Saudi Arabia to work and came during vacations but his behaviour with Fatima was not good and his family members harassed her.
“On Wednesday, my daughter was doing household work when her father-in-law Tarabuddin came and handed her his phone, telling her to talk to Abdul who said talaq three times and ended the call.
“Abdul’s father called a panchayat, took my daughter’s thumb print on a paper and handed her a cheque of Rs 1.5 lakh, saying the marriage was over,” said the victim’s father.
R.N. Misra, Superintendent of Police, Kushinagar, said, “Taking action on the complaint of the woman’s father, a case has been registered against the woman’s husband under Section 4 of the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Act. We are probing the role of all the people involved and are taking statements of both sides. Since the accused is in Saudi Arabia, we are sending notice through proper channel.”