While the bill looks set to run into the numbers hurdle in Rajya Sabha where BJP lacks a majority and can not trust the regional outfits to come to its rescue on an issue that has been the bugbear for the influential Muslim clergy, the party sees the LS approval as a powerful statement of its intent to roll back the politics of "appeasement". He said that Muslim women were victimised by instant triple talaq. They said the bill's provisions could further alienate the Muslim community from the mainstream. "This law has not been made for any political benefit".
While stating that declaration of talaq by any person upon his wife, by words, either spoken or written or in electronic form or in any other manner whatsoever, shall be void and illegal, the Bill proposes punishment of a jail term of up to three years and fine.
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Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, at a meeting of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) parliamentarians, called for a consensus on the Bill, parliamentary affairs minister Ananth Kumar told reporters.
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"The Bill itself is very objectionable, and equally objectionable are the efforts of the BJP to push it through Parliament without any consultation or discussion with those in whose names the Bill has been passed", Ms. Karat said.
The bill was passed amid hue and cry of most of the leading political parties in the Opposition, together with the Congress party, voting in favor of the bill, but with some cautions.
Congress MP Sushmita Dev also echoed her RJD counterpart.
The Supreme Court in August declared the practice of instant triple talaq unconstitutional in a 3-2 majority verdict. "It is not our idea of justice to throw Muslim men in prisons", she said, adding that she hoped that the bill was not passed in the Upper House.
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Soon after the apex court's ruling, the government set up a ministerial panel to frame the legislation. "It is the party's decision", Trinamool Lok Sabha member Saugata Roy said, refusing to elaborate.
Zakia Soman of the Bhartiya Muslim Mahila Andolan said that Muslim women have suffered legal discrimination due to the lack of a codified Muslim family law.
Referring to the Shah Bano case of mid-1980s, Meenakshi Lekhi of the BJP criticized the opposition Congress of indulging in politics of appeasement overlooking the plight of Muslim women. Akbar also questioned the credibility of All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB), saying it was a body of only like-minded people and was not reflective of the opinion of the minority community.
"The way the Bill is worded also creates a problem". She said all doors for reconciliation in a marriage would shut once the husband goes to jail. The board has staunchly opposed the Bill on the ground that it will ruin Muslim families and is against women's welfare. "While the Bill talks only about Muslim women being abandoned, the Government should also worry about almost 20 lakh women of various religions who are abandoned by their husbands, "including our bhabhi from Gujarat", he said, making a veiled reference to Prime Minister's wife Jashodaben".
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