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PIL filed in Delhi High Court over Triple Talaq Bill; petitioner raises question on Section 4, 7 of Act

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A social activist and advocate Shahid Ali on Thursday filed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in Delhi High Court over the Triple Talaq Bill, which was passed by the Parliament early this week.

The plea filed by the Delhi-based activist in the Court sought to remove the Sections 4 and 7 of the Muslim Women Act, 2019 (Protection of rights of married women), most popularly known as Triple Talaq Bill.

The Delhi High Court is expected to take up the Public Interest Litigation (PIL) next week.

Section 4 of the Muslim Women Bill, 2019, states that a man who gives instant ‘Triple Talaq’ will attract an imprisonment of three years. In his plea, he further asserted that Top Court in its verdict has limited it to calling it ‘unconstitutional’ and ‘illegal’.

He accused the union government of moving it a step further by making a law to that not only declare the instant Triple Talaq as unconstitutional and illegal but will also attract imprisonment for three years.

He further asserted that the bill is discriminatory against the Muslims on the grounds that it would increase the desertions.

The plea filed by the advocate Shahid Ali, as quoted by ANI, stated, ‘In Indian society most of the aggrieved Hindu husbands on account of tough procedure of divorce, prefer to desert their wives and since desertion is no offence, therefore, they avoid the unhappy marriages, however, the Muslim husbands cannot desert their wives and also cannot go in adultery on account of commandment of Quran, therefore, it is submitted that the present Act will result in discrimination against Muslims‘, plea reads.

The Triple Talaq Bill was passed in the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday, this week, with many opposition MPs walked out while some were absent helping BJP to sail it through comfortably. The Bill sought to criminalize the instant ‘triple talaq’ and to protect the rights of the married women by prohibiting the practice.

President Ram Nath Kovind on Wednesday approved the Muslim Women Bill, popularly known as Triple Talaq Bill, a day after it was passed by the Upper House of the parliament, Rajya Sabha, on Tuesday.

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