Countering the Opposition, the government said the bill was to empower women, and was not against any faith.
Introducing the triple talaq Bill in Lok Sabha on Thursday, Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said the Opposition should not “weigh the Bill on scales of politics” and rejected the charge that it is directed at a particular community.
The Bill, he said, is aimed at “naari nyaay, naari garima, aur naari sammaan (justice for women, dignity of women, and respect for women)”.
On objections raised by the Opposition, Prasad mentioned other laws passed by Parliament — death penalty for those who rape minors, criminal penalties for dowry, among others — and asked, “yeh apatti sirf triple talaq par hi kyun (why this objection only for triple talaq)?”
He maintained that the Bill is not meant to target any community, neither is it “for vote banks”. Pointing out that more than 20 Islamic countries have banned instant triple talaq, he said it still remains in secular India.