New Delhi: All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) President and Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi on Thursday told the Lok Sabha (lower house of Parliament) that more than a law against instant triple talaq, a legislation against husbands abandoning their wives was required.
“…make a law wherein 20 lakh women who are abondoned by married people and who do not belong to the Muslim community, also includes our bhabhi in Gujarat, should be given justice,” he said in an apparent reference to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s wife while strongly opposing introduction of the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights and Marriage) Bill, 2017 that criminalises triple talaq.
Speaking after Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad tabled the Bill, Owaisi said it violated the fundamental rights and lacked “basic legal coherence”.
Maintaining that not enough consultation was done on the bill, he said, “This will be injustice to Muslim women.”
He also questioned the need to formulate a new law for this because an existing law on domestic violence tackled the matter.
“There is absence of consistency with the existing legal framework. The bill says the husband will be sent to jail, and it also says he will have to pay allowance. How can a person in jail pay allowance,” he said, referring to the provision that a woman given triple talaq will have the right to seek maintenance.