New Delhi: After the controversial Triple Talaq Bill was tabled in Lok Sabha on June 21, AIMIM chief Asaddudin Owaisi termed it “unconstitutional” and said that it will place burden of proof on women.
“Triple Talaq Bill is unconstitutional. It’s a violation of Constitution’s Article 14 and 15. We already have Domestic Violence Act 2005, CrPC Section 125, Muslim Women Marriage Act. If Triple Talaq Bill becomes a law, it will be even greater injustice against women,” Owaisi said while speaking to mediapersons after the Lok Sabha session.
Owaisi further questioned that if a man is imprisoned, how will he give allowance from jail.
“Government says if a Muslim man commits this crime the marriage will remain intact and he will be jailed for 3 years if punished by court. He will be jailed for three years but marriage will be intact. What law is Mr Modi forming?,” the AIMIM chief said.
Owaisi also questioned the difference in the term of punishment for a Muslim and a non-Muslim man saying, “I would like to ask him what kind of justice is this that if such law is implemented on a non-Muslim man then he goes to jail for a year and Muslim man goes to jail for three years.”
The Bill also received stiff opposition from Opposition parties which are against criminalising the offence.
The Opposition raised strong objections at the introduction itself. Congress leader Shashi Tharoor opposed the Bill saying “Bill can be misused” and added that he is “opposing the introduction the bill”. “I am not opposing the Bill but the draft and the text of the Bill,” he said, also adding that “the bill does nothing to improve the status of Muslim women”.
After a brief discussion, the motion for tabling the bill was put to vote in the Upper House. 156 members voted for introduction and 74 against.
Last year, The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2018 was passed in Lok Sabha but it lapsed after the dissolution of previous Lok Sabha with the bill pending in Rajya Sabha.
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