Patna: Just days after the Lok Sabha passed the 'Triple Talaq' bill that criminalizes the age-old practice of divorcing the wife by her husband in the Muslim community by an act of saying 'talaq', or divorce, three times, the women cell of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB), at a function at Anjuman Islamia Hall in Patna on Saturday, opposed the bill saying any interference in the Shariat Law would not be tolerated by the Muslim women of India.
Speaking on the occasion, the Chairperson of the women cell of the AIMPLB Dr. Mahazabeen Naaz said that Muslim women favored the Shariat Law overwhelmingly and would not tolerate any change in it by any government, political, or judicial body.
"Our freedom is dependent on our Shariat Law and we Muslim women condemn this new 'Triple Talaq' Bill unequivocally and without any reservation," Dr. Naaz said adding who would support the wives if their husbands are rounded up and sent to jail.
Nargis Jehan Barwi, an advocate, also slammed the new bill that now awaits clearance from the Rajya Sabha saying the Muslim Personal Law was an integral part of the Muslim life and therefore, could not be tampered with by any government regardless of one's intention.
The head of the Imarat-e-Sharia Maulana Anisurrahaman Qasmi echoed the sentiment saying any interference in the Shariat Law regarding 'Triple Talaq' would not be tolerated as this was a ploy by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government to fill the jails with Muslims.
"Muslims have been living in India for last several hundred years and no one had ever tried to change the Shariat Law that guides the life of a Muslim. We will not allow any modification in the Shariat Law because it is clearly a ploy by the government to fill the prisons with Muslims on the basis of this new bill. The country is faced with thousands of cases of women's oppression by men but no one ever advocated death by hanging to them. We are looking at our legal options in this matter will take steps accordingly," he said.
Former Bihar minister Dr. Abdul Ghafoor also criticized the Triple Talaq bill saying it was not acceptable as it 'took away freedom from the women'.
As reported, the bill was cleared amidst reservation by the opposition leaders the same day it was introduced in the Lok Sabha. The bill will now be introduced in the Upper House where it is expected to sail through without any problem.
Originally called the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill 2017, criminalizes pronouncement of 'talaq' by a person by 'words, either spoken or written or in electronic form or in any other manner whatsoever, shall be void and illegal.' It also provides for imprisonment for a term, which may extend to three years, and a fine, for violators.