Mahila Congress president Sushmita Dev at the AICC minorities convention. — ANI
NEW DELHI — In a significant announcement, Mahila Congress president Sushmita Dev on Thursday said that the party would abolish the Triple Talaq law if it was voted to power in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
Speaking at the AICC minorities convention in the presence of Congress president Rahul Gandhi, Dev said the focus of the Triple Talaq Bill was not to empower Muslim women but to penalise Muslim men, reports
The Indian Express.
“I promise that the Congress party will come to power in 2019 and will scrap the Triple Talaq law. The law is just another weapon of the Modi government to arrest and harass Muslim men and put them in prison,” Dev said.
The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill was passed by the Lok Sabha in the Winter Session of Parliament last year but has faced roadblocks in the Rajya Sabha. The Opposition has demanded that the bill be sent to a select committee.
In January, the government re-promulgated the ordinance banning the practice of instant triple talaq, which attracts a jail term of three years for the husband. While the ordinance makes it a “non-bailable” offence, an accused can approach a magistrate even before trial to seek bail.
Training her guns on the government over the Citizenship Bill, which has lead to unrest in the North-east, Dev said the legislation was unconstitutional and the Congress would oppose it tooth and nail.
“The Citizenship Bill is creating unrest in Assam. The Congress is fighting against it. The bill is unconstitutional. We won’t let the government bring any law that is against the Constitution,” the MP from Assam’s Silchar said.
However, Congress announcement to scrap Triple Talaq Bill did not well down the throat of BJP leaders and sharp criticism started pouring soon after.
Muslim women and the people of India will not forgive the Congress for its “perverted mentality”, the BJP said on Thursday after the opposition party announced that it will scrap the law banning triple talaq if it forms the government in 2019.
Accusing the Congress of following the policy of appeasement, the BJP also referred to the “audacity” of Rahul Gandhi in not caring about the Supreme Court.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said the Congress has exposed its ‘real face’ by promising to withdraw the Triple Talaq Bill, and accused the opposition party of “cheating” Muslim women who have suffered because of the practice.
BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra on Thursday accused the Congress of following a policy of appeasement after the Opposition party declared it will scrap the law. — Agencies