Lucknow: The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) has urged the BJP-led Central government to withdraw and withhold the instant ‘triple talaq’ bill on Sunday and said that it is totally an anti-women step.
While addressing to a press briefing in Lucknow, Sajjad Nomani from AIMPLB accused the Centre government and said, “No procedure was followed in drafting this bill, and neither any stakeholder was consulted. President of AIMPLB will convey this stand to PM and request him to withhold and withdraw the bill.”
The AIMPLB spokesperson further claimed that if the bill implemented, it would destroy many families.
Notably, these remarks have come just after the emergency meeting held by the Muslim board on Sunday in Lucknow ahead of the tabling of the Bill in the Parliament during its Winter Session.
While, the Supreme Court declared the practice of instant divorce ‘void, illegal and unconstitutional’, the PM Narendra Modi-led Cabinet approved the bill which makes the Muslim practice illegal on 15 December.
Meanwhile, the Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad will now project the Bill in Lok Sabha. The drafted bill says, “Any pronouncement of talaq by a person upon his wife, by words, either spoken or written or in electronic form or in any other manner whatsoever, shall be void and illegal.” There is also a provision of imprisonment for a term which may extend to 3 years and fine for violators.
Additionally, the draft Bill also envisages entitling divorcee Muslim women for maintenance. It also has a provision for the divorced Muslim women to have the custody of their minor children. The offenses under the purview of this bill will be cognizable and non-bailable. It shall extend to the whole of India except Jammu and Kashmir.