Sunday, March 24, 2019

Triple Talak – How Anti-BJP Opposition Failed Muslim Women, Yet Again!

The long awaited Triple Talak bill was passed on December 27, 2018 in Lok Sabha by a margin of 245-11. The sad thing is that the entire opposition is against the bill which seeks to empower the Muslim women.

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There is a thinking that BJP may call for a Joint Session of Parliament, but that may also leave it 40 votes short due to the new make up of the Rajya Sabha.

When people ask why BJP cannot pass the bills despite such a big majority in Lok Sabha, this bill showcases the challenge. Majority in Rajya Sabha is a must as well. Unless BJP gets majority in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, most of the real changes that are needed will not happen!

Parties that are opposing Triple Talak

As was seen in the proceedings, almost all the opposition parties walked out and refused to vote for the bill. And, folks like Assauddin Owaisi and other self appointed Seculars have been using the fig leaf of the situation in Sabarimala, where the Hindu community is fighting the Supreme Court judgment.


False Equivalence Arguments

The reason why Sabarimala situation is not the same as Triple Talak is because in case of Sabarimala the Hindu women devotees of Ayappa themselves are protesting the SC ruling and the recent movement with 4 million of them coming out and standing in protest across Kerala and Tamil Nadu was proof enough. The whole Sabarimala fight is by non-Hindu and activist women who have no relevance for temples or its ways! Meanwhile, in case of Triple Talak, it is the Muslim women who have fought for their rights.

Let us see this in these two videos which are self explanatory! The first one is the discussion of Muslim women in Tarek Fatah’s program “Fateh ka Fatwa” on Zee TV, where they are having a debate with the Maulanas. One can see where the two genders sit on this issue within the Muslim community.

And then there are the voice of women who are Ayappa devotees. It is they who are the forefront of the whole movement!

These are the protests where approximately 4 million people across Kerala and Tamil Nadu – from Kasargod to Kanya Kumari lined up with just lamps in their hands over a stretch of 795 kms.

Now, that the basic “Whataboutery” argument of the likes of Owaisi is put in context, let us discuss the Triple Talak bill.

Powerful statements by Smriti Irani and Ms. Lekhi

Two statements by women MPs from BJP stood out – Smriti Irani and Meenakshi Lekhi.

Here is the statement by Meenakshi Lekhi.

And this is the statement by Smriti Irani, who tore into the opposition’s camp!

Shah Bano repeated

In 1985, the Supreme Court had given Shah Bano, a Muslim woman the right to get maintenance even after the “iddat” period. The case was a landmark for the rights of the Muslim women. YV Chandrachud had made a profoundly powerful statement.