On July 30, 2019, the Parliament of India passed a law against triple talaq, making it a punishable offense. It was also implemented from August 1. Now this law is going to be implemented for a year.
Participating in a TV debate, BJP leader and Minister of Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that after the triple talaq law came into force, there has been a decrease of eighty percent in such cases.
Even if such cases have come to light, the law has done its work there. Therefore, Muslim Women's Rights Day should be celebrated on August 1. Firstly, political parties often do not talk about the troubles related to the triple talaq of Muslim women.
They feel that they will not get votes as soon as they raise the issue. Political parties, intellectuals, organizations often worry about women's empowerment. They also mention it in their manifestos, but the question is why they do not see the misery of our Muslim women in such a large number.
Even many educated people try to avoid this issue by saying that it is their personal matter. They decide it themselves. In this way, everyone can refuse to obey any law by citing their personal matters. While twenty-two Muslim countries have abolished three divorces.
Before the law was enacted, Kamal Farooqui (who is considered a Muslim scholar) said that the law of Islam should not be changed for a matter. Today women are demanding the abolition of triple talaq, tomorrow they will ask for a share in land and property. Even if women ask for a share in land and property, what is wrong? God or Allah can be happy by denying all rights to our own women!
The issue of triple talaq became a matter of debate due to Saira of Uttarakhand. He had to endure various kinds of atrocities in his in-laws. Without her wish, the husband miscarried her several times. Despite the prohibition of dowry in Islam, dowry was sought. But Saira remained silent as she wanted to save her marriage.
The husband often threatened her with a divorce. Once she went to her maternal home, her husband sent divorce papers in the name of property papers. Seeing no other way, he took refuge in the court, where a verdict was delivered in favor of Saira. But her husband said that the court cannot interfere in these matters, it is a matter of religion.
Several decades ago Saeeda Hameed, a member of the National Commission for Women, prepared a report for the commission on the condition of Muslim women - Voice of the Voiceless.
This report was prepared by talking to Muslim women across the country. Reading it used to stand tall. His husbands had divorced him. They had done other weddings. These women were ill, had no means of employment, yet were forced to raise children.
When the government enacted a law against triple talaq, many Muslim women were seen sharing sweets in joy. The triple talaq was a sign of male supremacy, which was never tried to challenge by intimidating in the name of religion. Many Muslim men also rejoiced with the law against triple talaq. Those whose sisters and daughters had gone through the difficulties of three divorces were happy with it. Now at least the daughters of the next generation will not fear that they can be divorced without any reason.
Those who are concerned about the rights of women should not remain silent on this issue. But they thought it appropriate to remain silent. Can women empowerment be the same way that a community's eyes are turned away from women's woes? The government should make an announcement to celebrate Muslim Women's Rights Day on August 1.
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