Instant triple talaq is now a criminal offense in India after the Parliament passed the bill on Tuesday, making the practice punishable by a three years jail term.
The Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad cited jail provisions in the legislation that ban dowry and multiple marriages by Hindu men to justify the three-year jail term for Muslim men who practice triple talaq. But research shows that men easily get away with dowry demands and domestic violence “without a jail term”.
Opposition leader, Ghulam Nabi Azad termed the Triple Talaq Bill as “politically motivated”, saying this would destroy Muslim households with domestic fights. Asaduddin Owaisi, the leader of AIMIM said the Bill is only a part of many of the attacks on Muslim identity and citizenship. In a tweet, Owaisi said, “mob violence, police atrocities and mass incarceration won’t bog us down. With a firm belief in the Constitution, we have withstood oppression, injustices and denial of rights. During the debate session, the opposition had raised the issue of selective targeting of religious groups.
The All India Muslim Personal Law Board called the passage of the bill a “black day” in India’s democracy. “Despite Indian Muslim women’s opposition to the Triple Talaq Bill, the Modi-led government passed the Bill in both the lower house and upper house,” it said.