Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi: Triple talaq a social evil like 'sati-pratha'

Dec 27, 2018, 19:16 IST | IANS

He argued the contention made by other parliamentarians, who expressed concern about the rights of Muslim men against whom there is a provision in the Bill of a jail term of three years if they indulge in the practice

Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi: Triple talaq a social evil like 'sati-pratha'
Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi

BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Thursday likened the practice of triple talaq with long abolished 'sati-pratha', saying the practice of divorce among Indian Muslims is not related to Islam but is a social evil.

"This (triple talaq) is not related to Islam. It is a social evil like sati-pratha, the abolition of which was also opposed by many than in the name of religion. But through the will of the people, we were able to abolish it," Naqvi said in the Lok Sabha in support of the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2018, introduced earlier in the day.

He argued the contention made by other parliamentarians, who expressed concern about the rights of Muslim men against whom there is a provision in the Bill of a jail term of three years if they indulge in the practice.

"It seemed to me that some of the people are standing with the accused instead of the victim. If you are afraid of the punishment, why commit the crime in the first place?" he said.

He said despite a long debate on the practice decades back in the Shah Bano case, such incidents have been occurring in the country. He cited a number of Muslim majority countries where the practice of 'triple talaq' has been abolished or criminalised, naming Iran, Pakistan, Cyprus, Qatar, Bangladesh, Syria, and Brunei, among others.

"This law is not to victimise anyone... The law had to be brought because, despite such an extensive debate on the practice during the Shah Bano and Shayara Bano case, such incidents keep occurring.

"This country is not run through 'shariyat' (Islamic law), it is run through Constitution... This Bill will be in favour of the country and of the women," he said.

At one point during his argument, Naqvi was countered by several protesting voices from opposition leaders over his use of the word "kathmullah", which he immediately clarified had meant "fanatic," and that he did not mean to disparage the Muslim community.

Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International and Hatke news here. Also, download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates

This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Except for the change in the headline, the story has been provided "AS-IS," "AS AVAILABLE, without any verification or editing from our side. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever.

DISCLAIMER: mid-day and its affiliates shall have no liability for any views, thoughts and comments expressed on this article.

Male nurse splits baby during delivery; leaves head in womb

This website uses cookie or similar technologies, to enhance your browsing experience and provide personalised recommendations. By continuing to use our website, you agree to our Privacy Policy and Cookie Policy. OK