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AIMPLB opposes Triple Talaq Bill, President to convey its stand to PM

25 December 2017

"Rs Rs The AIMPLB will opposed the bill at every level and run a awareness campaign against it since the proposed Legislation will adversely affect the muslims men and women and infringement on the rights granted to the minorities in Article 25 of the constitution", said Maulana Sajjad Nomani. "President of AIMPLB will convey this stand to the Prime Minister and request him to withhold and withdraw the bill", said Sajjad Nomani, member, AIMPLB. Secondly, said the Board Secretary, the present bill has made it punishable with fine and reserved the right of children custody to wife which is self-contradictory since there are existing laws and several Supreme Court judgments to address the subsistence issue and custody of the Child. Apart from this, it is also an attempt to interfere with Muslim personal law.

Senior woman member of the board Asma Zehra said: "The Bill is against the interests of Muslim women".

Bill in the name of Protection Rights on Marriage relating to Muslim Women wherein the consequences of Talalq e Biddat, criminality attached there to and its consequences along with the right of custody of minor children has been set out.

Nomani argued that the legislation was drafted without proper procedure, "No procedure was followed in drafting this bill, neither any stakeholder was consulted".

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"The Centre should withdraw the proposed bill and if it considers necessary to enact such law, it must consult Board and Muslim women organisations to redraft the bill for protecting rights of Muslim women in the country", suggested Jilani. The bill, passed by the Lok Sabha in April, was sent to the Rajya Sabha which passed the bill with amendments.

The proposed triple talaq bill, however, directly gives power to police officers to conduct an investigation without bringing it to the notice of the magistrate.

Mumbai: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) tries to build consensus on bill seeking ban on triple talaq.

The Modi Cabinet has already approved the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights of Marriage) Bill 2017 and the same is likely to be tabled the coming week in the Parliament. This anomaly is a result of the government introducing a Bill that, much like the act it seeks to criminalise, is hasty, impulsive and cruel.

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The minister said the bill was drafted keeping in mind humanitarian angle, not on the basis of religion.

If the triple talaq bill in its current form is passed, a Muslim husband will be prosecuted without his wife's consent for pronouncing triple talaq, whereas a Hindu man who rapes his wife while they are separated will not be prosecuted unless his estranged wife agrees. Section 4, however, goes a step further and directs that whoever pronounces talaq, referred to in Section 3, upon his wife shall be punished with imprisonment for a term that may extend to three years.

When an offence is non-cognizable, it is left to the individuals to make a complaint before a magistrate if aggrieved by the offence.

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AIMPLB opposes Triple Talaq Bill, President to convey its stand to PM