Responding to Union Home Minister Amit Shah slamming Congress for opposing the Muslim Woman (Protection of Rights on Marriage) or Triple Talaq Law, Congress leader Karti Chidambaram, on Sunday has yet again hit against the Law questioning the criminalisation of the Triple Talaq practice.
Earlier in the day, Union Home Minister Amit Shah slammed the previous Congress governments for the continuation of the ancient Triple Talaq practice, citing the example of former Prime Minister late Rajiv Gandhi, while addressing a gathering at the Constitution Club of India.
"On 23 April 1985, Supreme Court of India gave order in favour of Shah Bano and abolished triple talaaq. But, the Rajiv Gandhi-led Parliament under the pressure of vote bank enacted a law and abolished the decision of the Supreme Court and imposed the triple talaq on Muslim women," he said.
He then moved on to slam the Opposition for blocking the passage of the bill in the Rajya Sabha constantly during the first Modi government's tenure.
"The government brought the bill in Parliament, if it had a majority in the Lok Sabha, it was passed from there, but if the Congress had a majority in the Rajya Sabha, the bill was not passed from there. The same process was done by making the ordinance again but the same happened again in Rajya Sabha," he added.
He slammed the Congress leaders purposely blocking the Bill inspite of knowing the social evils of Triple Talaq.
"TripleTalaq was malpractice, there is no doubt about it in anybody's mind. Some parties opposed the bill in Parliament but deep inside their heart they knew it was a malpractice that needed to end but they didn't have the courage to do it," he said adding, ''Sati and dowry are Hindu practices. Me being a Hindu and the rest of the people had not raised any objections when they were criminalized. This is because all of us know how these evils can hinder the progress of society. Why should we let our Muslim sisters and mothers suffer from unequal treatment?''
Under the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Law, divorcing through instant Triple Talaq will be illegal, void and would garner a jail term of three years for the husband. While the bill makes triple talaq a "non-bailable" offense, an accused can approach a magistrate even before trial to seek bail. In a non-bailable offence, bail cannot be granted by police at the police station itself. Supreme Court set aside the practice of instant divorce on August 22, 2017, calling the act 'unconstitutional' in a number of cases.