Pune: Due to the logjam in Rajya Sabha, the fate of triple talaq has got delayed further. However, activists feel that ‘triple talaq’ is no more an issue of gender justice or human rights, and instead has become an agenda to play the political game.
Speaking to Sakal Times, Shamsuddin Tamboli, President of Muslim Satyashodhak Mandal (MSM), disappointed by the logjam, said that issues of Muslim community remain a matter of debate and a political agenda to succeed in politics.
Politicising the issue
“When the bill was passed unopposed in the Lok Sabha and Congress assured to support the bill in Rajya Sabha, there was no reason to create a ruckus and block it. It has been opposed on the basis of lacunae in the bill and we do not deny that it lacks a few points,” said Tamboli.
He said political intentions of both the parties is becoming clear here. “Over the years, development and reformations have taken a backseat. For once, they must look at it with a perspective of gender justice and human rights issue and not politicise it,” added Tamboli.
Social activist Razia Patel said, “Initially Ravi Shankar Prasad had not felt the need of making a new law and suggested to bring ‘triple talaq’ under a section of domestic violence. But then suddenly BJP decided to make a law in hurry.”
“However, a sort of politics is sensed in this matter, which was started by the ruling party and Congress gets on playing along with it,” added Patel.
Lacunae in the bill
“There is no mention of Halala or polygamy in the bill, certainly all these issues are inter-related and if a bill needs to be passed, it has to be inclusive of all this. But this could have been discussed substantially in Rajya Sabha. Instead, it got stalled,” Tamboli said.
Noting on the deficiencies, Patel said, “The Congress had raised the question on criminalising the accused in the Bill even during Lok Sabha session. It does not speak about the offence by large, there is no scope of reconciliation but only directs to imprison the accused (husband) in the case. It is also not clear what will happen to the woman after her husband is jailed.”