The Lok Sabha, on Thursday, began discussion on the Muslim Women Protection of Rights on Marriage Bill, 2018. While the Opposition has demanded a joint select committee on the instant triple talaq bill.
Speaking in favour of criminalising instant Triple Talaq, Union Minister Smriti Irani hailed for a uniform civil code, saying "same country, same laws"
Irani citing 477 cases of 'Talaq-e-Biddat', she said that this act is identified "bad" in the eyes of Judiciary and Theology.
She said, "It is shameful for everyone that 477 cases of triple talaq came to light after the supreme court verdict. She said that even the Islamic Jurisprudence also says that 'Talaq-e-Biddat' is a criminal offence.
She further put forth her stance by saying that even excerpts from the Quran were quoted in the House, that state the act to be criminal saying, "This particular Triple Talaq has been found bad in theology, in the eyes of Supreme Court and I beseech this House to find it bad in Legislation also."
Giving an example of the criminalised practices such as Sati and dowry in the past, Irani emphasised on the need for viewing the civil matter with the lens of criminality.
She said, "Some people even said, this is a civil matter and should not be viewed as a matter of criminality. The same happened with dowry when it was said that it is a matter between two parties and if they have no issues, this is a civil matter, why do we need a law for this. But even then dowry was looked down upon as a criminal matter and a law was passed."
"This country has also witnessed how Sati was abolished and was stated as a criminal act," she added.
Citing the 1986 Shah Bano case, the Union Minister condemned the opposition Congress for not abolishing the act when they were in power.
Irani said, “Why didn’t Congress abolish triple talaq when they were in power? The Opposition said that this is a contract between two adults, so, I want to tell them that contracts can’t be broken unilaterally. If a contract is broken, it has consequences and is broken on equal terms,”
She added, "Had the Congress abolished triple talaq during its rule, Shayara Bano wouldn't have to knock the door of the Supreme Court."