The Lok Sabha on December 27 took up the Triple Talaq Bill to be discussed after Congress agreed to participate in the debate.
The Triple Talaq Bill aims to make the practice of instant triple talaq among Muslims an offense under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) with the provision of three-year jail for the husband.
Instant 'triple talaq', also known as 'talaq-e-biddat', is an instant divorce whereby a Muslim man can legally divorce his wife by pronouncing 'talaq' three times in one go.
Standing by the bill, BJP spokesperson Meenakshi Lekhi smashed the delaying tactics of Opposition through her argument.
She stated how the bill aims towards inducing an equal society by putting an end to a gender war, with equal rights bestowed upon both men and women.
Lekhi said, "On the behalf of the government I would like to add, that whenever we are discussing subjects relating to gender justice, this is not he versus she. These are issues of human rights violation and it belongs to the entire social set-up and political set-up. No gender war can ever be won until men are standing with women because they continue to be in power in the state of dominance. I'm very happy that my Prime Minister and Prime Minister-led government has chosen to take this initiative to at least take 50 such schemes to empower women of this country."
She cited the difference of civil code and religious code.
She said, "In our country and Constitution, there have been talks of a uniform civil code but not of uniform religious code. The right for marriage, sustenance, and allowance of women come under the civil code but it does not specify who will be buried or cremated after death. Religious rituals are different in which there should be no interference from the court then as compared to the civil laws. As far as the criminalisation of civil rights is concerned, criminalisation happens if a person chooses not to pay for his mother the sustenance amount if the person chooses not to pay the maintenance amount to his wife and children already in various formats."
"And for those ranting about Sabarimala, if they would have read a statement by Shashi Tharoor they would stop shouting. Even he is of the belief that the issue of Sabarimala is very different," she added.
Reiterating the status of women in the country, and justifying the bill to uplift the women in the society, Lekhi rebutted the Opposition, questioning their stance of opposing the bill that sustains a patriarchal society.
She said, "If the motive is to bring justice, the motive is to bring equality in the society, then the bill is being introduced with this motive. Whoever is opposing, should know what a woman is saying in this matter. Do we want to create a society where a man has the right to decide when he wants the woman to stay in the house and when she would be thrown out of the house?"