New Delhi, Dec 24: All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) Sunday in an emergency meeting said that the proposed instant triple talaq bill by the union government is against women and, if implemented, will destroy many families.
“No procedure was followed in drafting this bill, neither any stakeholder was consulted. President of AIMPLB will convey this stand to PM and request him to withhold and withdraw the bill”, Sajjad Nomani of the AIMPLB said.
Secretary of the board, Maulana Khalid Saifullah Rahmani said that the board is also opposed to the practice and is in favour of a strong law. However, it is not satisfied with the current structure of the bill, especially the provision of three-year jail term.
“The board is also against instant triple talaq and agrees there should be a strong law against it and it should be made in consultation with senior clerics,”
He added, “The bill is against women in the sense that courts talk of maintenance for women and the children by the husband after the divorce but this is in contradiction of the three-year jail term proposed in the bill. How will there be maintenance provided for the wife when the husband is in jail?” said Rahmani.
Earlier this week, the government, in reply to a question whether any Muslim organisation was consulted before framing the draft of the bill, had answered in the negative.
“The government is of the view that the issue arises from the humanitarian concept of gender justice, gender equality and dignity of women and not arising from faith and religion,” a news agency had reported Law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said as saying.
The central government is expected to table the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2017, to criminalise the practice of instant triple talaq in the Lok Sabha next week.
In a meeting previously held on December 17 in Delhi, AIMPLB had decided to convene an emergency meeting of its executive working committee at Lucknow’s Darul Uloom Nadwatul Ulama under the president-ship of Maulana Mohd Rabey Hasani Nadvi.