When Islamic countries have banned triple talaq, why can’t we, says Prasad


Parliament Winter Session LIVE UPDATES: Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said, “The triple talaq law is for women’s rights and justice and not regarding any prayer, ritual or religion.”

Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Thursday introduced the triple talaq bill in Lok Sabha. This comes months after the Supreme Court struck down the Muslim practice of instant divorce.

Prasad tabled the triple talaq bill or the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill 2017, that criminalises the practice of instant triple talaq among Muslims, in the lower house, calling it a “historic day” amid opposition to its introduction by members of different parties, including RJD, AIMIM, BJD and All India Muslim League.

Prasad said that the law is about justice and respect for women and is not about any religion or community, adding that the practice of instant triple has continued despite the Supreme Court order terming it void.

The BJP had issued a whip in the lower House, asking all of its members to be present today and tomorrow to ensure the smooth sailing of the bill.

Meanwhile, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Thursday slammed Pakistan for the “discourteous” behaviour meted out to the mother and wife of Kulbhushan Jadhav in Islamabad when they went there to meet him.

She said, “In the name of security, Pakistani authorities forced his mother and wife to change clothes and take off their jewellery, including the ‘mangalsutra’, and bindi.”

Source: The Indian Express


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