Taking its reservations over Triple Talaq to the next level, the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) has rejected Modi government's proposed bill over the issue vehemently at an emergency meeting convened here on Sunday. "The government should have consulted scholars of Islam before drafting the controversial bill".
The remarks have come after the AIMPLB held an emergency meeting here ahead of the tabling of the Bill in the Parliament.
Meanwhile, supporting Rehmani's observations, Zafaryab Jilani, another secretary of the Board, said the provisions of the proposed bill were absurd and could never be acceptable to the Muslim community. The statement would be read by Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad when he introduces the bill in the Lok Sabha to explain why the government had to formulate the legislation.
He said that since the Supreme Court struck down the practice of instant triple talaq, almost 66 cases of husbands divorcing their spouses through this method were reported.
Adv Naik termed the practice of giving triple talaq by Muslim men merely pronouncing it, or giving it on Whatsapp is unjust and denies constitutional right to dignity of muslim women. It is highly objectionable that the Centre did not consult the AIMPLB, any Muslim organisation or any stakeholder before preparing the draft of the Bill, he alleged.
The proposed law would only be applicable on instant triple talaq or concurrent talaq and it would give power to the victim to approach a magistrate seeking "subsistence allowance" for herself and minor children.
On Sunday, the Congress and the CPI (M) questioned the requirement of an instant triple talaq law, while the BJD, the fifth-largest party in the House, opposed the penal provision of a jail term for husbands.
The meeting concluded that the consequences of the proposed bill will be against the interests of the muslims and also harm the interest of the muslim women and the family as it is against the principles of Shariat and interference in Muslim personal law.
Some of the other bills listed for Winter Session are Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, Representation of the People (Amendment) Bill 2017, Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill 2016, Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016, Constitution (123rd Amendment) Bill 2017, Banning of Unregulated Deposit Schemes and Protection of Interest of Depositors Interest Bill 2017.
After the Supreme Court declared the practice of instant divorce "void, illegal and unconstitutional", the Prime Minister Narendra Modi led Cabinet on December 15 approved the bill that makes instant triple talaq illegal.
"Masla triple talaq ka nahin hai". While divorce is prevalent in all communities, the Muslims practise the triple talaq.
The board is of the view that the triple talaq Bill is against the Constitution, rights of women and Shariah (Islamic law).