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Asaduddin Owaisi Writes Letter Opposing Bill to Criminalise Triple Talaq

Asaduddin Owaisi's letter comes after the bill to criminalise triple talaq was cleared by Union Cabinet.

Sakshi Khanna | CNN-News18

Updated:December 15, 2017, 8:11 PM IST
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Asaduddin Owaisi Writes Letter Opposing Bill to Criminalise Triple Talaq
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Hyderabad: Member of Parliament from Hyderabad, Asaduddin Owaisi, on Friday wrote a letter to Union Minister of Law and Justice Ravi Shankar Prasad opposing a move to criminalise triple talaq.

This came after the bill to criminalise triple talaq was cleared by Union Cabinet.

He demanded the government to clarify, at the outset, as to how the law seeks to enforce imprisonment and provisions of maintenance in tandem.

Asaduddin said that it was absurd that a special law was being considered when existing legislation could sufficiently provide appropriate remedies to Muslim women who were at the receiving end of triple talaq.

Owaisi also raised concerns that the law could open up another avenue for discriminatory detention and arrest of Muslims.

In the letter, Owaisi wrote, "It is regrettable that a constitutional value as important as gender justice is being used to merely further cynical political goals."

Accusing the government of trying to demonise the Muslim community in the garb of saving and protecting Muslim women, Asaduddin said that attempt to expedite introduction of legislation criminalising triple talaq without any attempt to appreciate the legal nuances was of deep concern.

Owaisi also questioned the absence of broad consultations and legal basis for the introduction of the legislation.

He appealed the government to hold consultation with AIMPLB, for their opinion and suggestion on proposed legislation.

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