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Bill criminalising Triple Talaq in Parliament today, AIMPLB cries foul

SNS | New Delhi |

The Union government will on Thursday introduce the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill 2017 in Parliament even as the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) has urged the Centre to withhold the bill which criminalises instant triple talaq.

Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar on Wednesday asked all opposition parties to help pass the Triple Talaq Bill in Parliament on Wednesday.

After days of logjam in both houses over Congress’ demand for apology from Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his remarks against his predecessor Manmohan Singh during the Gujarat assembly election campaign, the Centre had on Wednesday extended an olive branch to the Congress, ending the impasse.

On Wednesday, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley clarified that the Prime Minister didn’t question Singh’s commitment to the nation.

Following Jaitley’s statement, the Congress also reciprocated by disapproving Mani Shankar Aiyar’s criticism of the Prime Minister after which the House resumed normal business.

With both sides reaching a truce, the triple talaq bill is expected to be tabled in Parliament without any hurdles.

The BJP is believed to have issued a three-line whip to its MPs asking them to be present in the Lok Sabha on Thursday.

In a bid to ensure that the introduction is smooth, the BJP is understood to have issued the whip so that any stiff opposition from members on the other side at the introduction stage could be thwarted.

However, clerics and several Muslim organisations, cutting across sects and schools of jurisprudence, have opposed the bill, terming the government’s stand as “uncalled for interference” in the personal laws of the community.

The AIMPLB has even accused the Centre of not following the laid procedure in drafting the bill, which was against women and children, and if implemented, would destroy many families.

In a historic judgment in August, the Supreme Court had ruled that the practice of divorce through triple talaq among Muslims was “void, illegal and unconstitutional”.