Adding law to injury
New law criminalising triple talaq may not be in best interests of Muslim women. Solution lies elsewhere
Written by Javed Anand | Published: December 18, 2017 2:38 am
Under the act, it protects women against “abuse”, whether physical, sexual, verbal, emotional or economic (Illustration by C R Sasikumar)
If the earlier demand for the declaration of triple talaq as unconstitutional and or un-Quranic had united progressive Muslim women and men, the Union government’s declared intent to pass a law in the winter session of Parliament criminalising the practice has created a schism among them. Nothing illustrates this better than the sharply contrasting positions of the Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan (BMMA), an all-India organisation of Muslim women, and the Bebaak Collective, an umbrella body of Muslim women’s groups across the country. Both had impleaded themselves in the petition filed by triple talaq victim Shayara Bano in the Supreme Court seeking a ban on triple talaq, halala and polygamy.
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