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Congress backs bill, seeks clarity

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  29 Dec 2017 12:00 AM GMT

New Delhi, Dec 28: The Congress on Thursday said it supports the triple talaq Bill but suggested that it be strengthened in favour of Muslim women and the law must ensure that subsistence allowance and maintence to the women and the children is not stopped.

“Congress was the first political party to welcome the Supreme Court’s decision to ban the practice of instant triple talaq and that this is a firm step towards the protection of women’s rights,” said Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala.

The party supported the law to ban instant triple talaq and “we believe that there is a need to strengthen this law”. “We have certain suggestions to strengthen it to protect the rights of these women,” he said.

Surjewala said Section 5, which was proposed in this law, stated that ‘subsistence allowance would be given to Muslim women’.

“But we want to ask how much that allowance would be, and what are parameters for deciding it? What percentage of it would be taken from the husband’s income? These things are not mentioned in this bill. This needs to be mentioned and considered to secure the rights of women,” he said.

Surjewala also said that in the Muslim Woman Protection of Rights on Divorce Act, 1986, sections 3 and 4 already spoke about maintence, “but the current bill does not”.

“This bill also does not mention that if the woman is provided subsistence allowance, then will she also be provided with maintence. This has to be included in the new law so that the woman is not denied maintence by her husband which is clearly mentioned in sections 3 and 4 of the 1986 Act,” he added.

He said that under the proposed law, the responsibility of proving triple talaq had been put on the woman. “Why can’t this responsibility be shifted to the husband? The government should give a thought on these points which will make this law even more solid,” he said.

Surjewala added that this law also stated that the accused would be put behind bars for three years. “But the government should think that if the man, on whom there is the responsibility of providing subsistence and maintence, is in jail, how will the children and the woman get the allowance and who will then be responsible for providing that amount? (IANS)

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