Recently there is much uproar regarding triple talaq. A communalist party which also claims to be nationalist, start saying that talaq is discrimination against Muslim women. Muslim women must get equal treatment like Hindu women. In Hindu divorce system, one has to go through court. It is a tedious partial and tiresome process. It takes 20 years or more to get a divorce. In this forum, there are many instances in support of this statement. Hence I don’t prolong the discussion by giving examples. On the contrarily, in the Muslim divorce system, divorce is much quicker. Is it a discrimination to get a quick divorce in this jet-set life of today? No, they say. The real problem lies elsewhere.
The Supreme Court has issued an order that triple talaq will not be accepted in this country as a valid means of divorce. Why? The pundits say that it ignores the rights of Muslim women. In reality, Muslim women are given divorce and are thrown out into the road. Their rights on divorce are neglected. Oh! This is the real problem. But, hey, isn’t there any law protecting Muslim women’s rights? Oh, yes, ofcourse. The following law takes care of the rights of Muslim women on divorce:
The Muslim women (protection of rights on divorce) act and rules, 1986[act no.25 of 1986].the preamble of the act reads:
This act protects the rights of Muslim women who have been divorced by or have obtained divorce from, their husband and to provide for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.
Now how do I come to know about this act? Well, it is in the syllabi of my law school under the heading: Muslim laws. I have studied it in 3rd or 4th SEM. Why then our almighty govt. does not know it?
But what about quick and sudden divorce? Muslim women cannot say talaq to men. Really? But there is a law which actually clarify the meaning of sharia law relating to divorce. The law is:
The dissolution of Muslim marriage act, 1939 [act no.8 of 1939]. The preamble reads: an act to consolidate and clarify the provision of Muslim law relating to suits of dissolution of marriage by women married under Muslim law and to remove doubts as to the effect of the renunciation of Islam by a married Muslim woman on her marriage tie.
Section 2 of the said act gives ample grounds to Muslim women for divorce. Yea, Muslim women can give talaq to their feudal husband according to Islam. Again section 5 of the said act protect their right of dower on divorce. Well then where is the discrimination ?
Again how do I know? I must be very good at legal research. No. again it is in my legal curricula. These curricula is an all India legal curricula followed by all universities of India.
Now pundits may say that in reality these laws are not followed. But who’s responsibility it is then? Isn’t it police’s job to enforce these laws ? will you change the law because law is not enforced properly? No.