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, Shiv Sena MP Arvind Sawant welcomed the bill and said:
"Who will go against women empowerment? First and foremost, all those Muslim women for whom you have brought this bill will be so happy. Earlier, there was no way of reconciliation but now you have brought this bill. As per the bill, if a man says 'Talaq, Talaq Talaq' then he will be put behind bars for three years. This is a way to maintain law and order and we welcome this".
He further brought in three major issues:
He urged the government to act upon them and also added that if the government will take steps towards it then the Shiv Sena will support them. He said:
"But I want to add another thing, it is good to see you taking up these issues but at the same time, the government should bring uniform civil code and therefore I demand this from the government. Also, the first line of the bill reads that this is applicable to the whole of India except Jammu and Kashmir. Why not Jammu and Kashmir. Majority of the Muslim women reside in that region. Therefore the government should also take down section 370. Similarly, the government should also bring an ordinance for building Ram Mandir. Fulfil these demands and Shiv Sena will be with you".
Earlier, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad called the triple talaq as a bill for “justice and humanity.” Mr Prasad said:
“It is essential that the Parliament talks in one voice and not make it a religious issue.”
Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that the issue is not related to Islam or religion but is about injustice.
"When efforts were made to stop Sati or child labour, there were people who equated it with overreach into religion. But we overcame all that and justice prevailed. They why do we have a problem with Triple Talaq?"