‘Divorces for Muslims should be under court of law’

ST Correspondent
Tuesday, 16 January 2018

There was no scope for reconciliation before, neither is this mentioned in the current bill of Muslim Women (Protection of Rights On Marriage) Bill 2017, said the activists.

PUNE: Demanding the same clause for divorce for Muslim women as in other communities, city-based activists said the Triple Talaq Bill needs to be reviewed thoroughly. The bill is stuck in the Rajya Sabha and has been sent to a review committee. 

There was no scope for reconciliation before, neither is this mentioned in the current bill of Muslim Women (Protection of Rights On Marriage) Bill 2017, said the activists, during a discussion organised by Maharashtra Gandhi Memorial Funds and Yuvak Kranti Dal (Yukrand) on triple talaq at Gandhi Bhavan here on Tuesday.

Kumar Saptarishi, founder, Yukrand, activists Anwar Rajan, Anwar Shaikh and Razia Patel, besides law students and people from different sections of the society were present.

Giving reference of founder of Muslim Satyashodak Samaj, late Hamid Dalwai, who had stirred the demand for triple talaq in 1967, Shaikh said, “Many changes have been made in the Muslim community, but every time, the government raised our hopes and let us down when it came to actual implementation of Muslim women’s rights.”

“The present bill talks of criminalising instant divorce but has no other description of issues including bahupatni, halala and other types of divorces like triple-e-hasan, triple-e-mubarak. If you look at talaq practically, no couple decides to separate on an instant instigation. It has a lot of layers. Hence, like every other community, even Muslim couples should be given space to reconsider their marriage,” said Shaikh.

Speaking about the loopholes, Patel said, “More than giving justice to Muslim women, it looks like the government wants to punish Muslim men. Divorces take place in every community but it is fought in court. Our demand is also the same, divorces in Muslim community should be under the court of law”.

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