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Freeze on triple talaq bill means Muslim women stay less equal

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13.01.2018

Unless there is some political miracle in the coming weeks, it is more than likely that the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill — better known as the Triple Talaq Bill — will be put into cold storage for the foreseeable future. The BJP may, of course, compromise with the united opposition and agree to a Select Committee of the Rajya Sabha. However, apart from dragging the matter into the monsoon session, even this is unlikely to clear the logjam.

The disagreement is not merely about the criminalisation of triple talaq, an iniquitous practice that had the sanction of law until the Supreme Court declared it void last year, and the right of divorced Muslim women to maintenance and custody of minor children. Nominally at least, every political party has paid lip service to the principle of gender justice. Even the argument against criminal proceedings and harsh punishment of those Muslim men who persist with unilateral triple talaq to divorce their wives is couched in compassion for the deserted wife and her children. Never mind the smokescreen, the disagreements are far more fundamental.
It almost seems........

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