Mahila Congress president Sushmita Dev caught the attention of the country this week after she announced that the party would abolish the Triple Talaq law if voted to power in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
Speaking at the AICC minorities convention in the presence of Congress president Rahul Gandhi, Dev reiterated that the focus of the Triple Talaq Bill was not to empower Muslim women but to penalise Muslim men.
“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.
Meanwhile the BJP has dubbed this announcement as nothing more than mere “appeasement politics”.