Triple Talaq: Maneka Gandhi Comes Out In Support Of Woman Victimized Over Whatsapp

| December 30 , 2018 , 15:49 IST

Union minister Maneka Gandhi on Saturday strongly condemned the triple talaq act and assured help to a Muslim woman who claimed that her husband given her triple talaq instantly over Whatsapp.

Speaking to media the Muslim woman alleged that her husband left for the US taking all her documents along. “He had taken away my passport, academic certificates and other identity cards, on December 4, a day after I filed the police complaint, he sent me talaq on WhatsApp.”

“He left me at my parents’ place, went back to the US, divorced me through a message, I can’t reach my kids,” she added.

This is the first case reported of instant triple talaq after the Lok Sabha passed the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill on December 27.

Maneka Gandhi, Minister of Women and Child Development has taken up the matter on absolute priority.

Gandhi said that her ministry has reached out to the brother of the woman and has requested for details.

“We stand in complete solidarity with our sisters of the Muslim community. The ministry consistently endeavours to socially and legally empower Muslim women and has always taken a strong stand in support of them,” she added.

The woman said that she has met the joint secretary of Ministry of External Affairs about the matter. She requested External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to help her.

The triple talaq bill was introduced in the Lok Sabha on December 17 to replace an ordinance issued in September.

The new Bill will replace earlier draft legislation that was passed by the Lok Sabha but is pending in the Upper House because of protests by the Opposition.

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The government had to make a few changes to the law, including the introduction of a provision of bail for men accused of practising triple talaq, to make it more acceptable.

The bill seeks to make the practice of triple talaq which allows Muslim men to divorce their wives by uttering the word “talaq” three times in spoken or written forms, or via electronic communication – a punishable offence.