Triple Talaq Law is needed to create fear, says Minorities panel chief

In the midst of opposition from several Muslim organisations to the proposed law to ban the controversial triple talaq practised by the Muslim community, Chairperson of the National Commission for Minorities Syed Ghayorul Hasan Rizvi has said a law is important to create fear among those still following the practice of triple talaq despite the Supreme Court banning it.

“The Supreme Court delivered a huge verdict on triple talaq, but many people are still following the practice. Many cases of giving talaq through WhatsApp and phone have come up [since the apex court’s decision],” he reportedly told PTI.

“A law is important to create fear among those still following the practice of triple talaq. If there is a punitive provision, they will be afraid of it and it will help eradicate triple talaq. This law will benefit all the women and the Muslim community at large,” Mr. Rizvi was quoted as saying.

On 22 August, a the Supreme Court declared Triple Talaq practice as unconstitutional and banned it for six months directing Parliament to enact a law within the given time period.

The Central government has planned to introduce the Muslim Women Protection of Rights on Marriage Bill in the winter session of Parliament that starts on 15 December. The draft Bill bans instant triple talaq in any form – oral, written or electronic form – and imposes maximum jail term of three years with fine.

The draft Bill has been sent to the state governments for their views.

However, the Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH) and several other Muslim organisations have voiced their opposition against the proposed law, calling it interference in the Muslims’ personal laws.

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