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Even Lord Ram once left Sita over doubt: Congress MP Hussain Dalwai on triple talaq bill

New Delhi, Aug 10 (Zee News): Even as the Narendra Modi government prepares to push the triple talaq bill in the Rajya Sabha, a senior Congress leader on Friday compared the sufferings of Indian Muslim women with that of Goddess Sita who was abandoned by her husband Lord Ram.

The remarks were made by Congress MP Hussain Dalwai, who also called for further modification in the Muslim Women Protection of Rights on Marriage Bill, which criminalises instant divorce.

Speaking to Zee News, Dalwai said, ''The Modi government is not interested in the welfare of Muslim women. The government's promise of giving more rights to the Muslim women and empowering them is just an eye-wash.''

Though the Union Cabinet has proposed three changes in the Muslim Women Protection of Rights on Marriage Bill, a lot still needs to be done, the Congress MP said.

While expressing his views on the amended triple talaq bill, Dalwai triggered a controversy by saying, ''Women are being treated unfairly in all communities, not just Muslims, even Hindus, Christians, Sikhs etc. In every society, there is male domination. Even Shree Ram Chandra ji once left Sita ji after doubting her. So we need to change as a whole.''

Dalwai later clarified on his remarks made on Lord Ram.

The Congress MP said that he is a devotee of the deity too. But, what he said was meant to highlight the fact that even Hindu women had suffered a lot since the ancient times.

The Maharashtra Congress leader, however, said that what he said was not meant to malign any religion.

Dalwai had last year written to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, saying the move to criminalise the practice of triple talaq was ‘extremely problematic’.

The Congress MP said that while he was opposed to the practice of triple talaq in principle, the government’s move was selectively targeting Muslims.

BJP's Rakesh Sinha, an RSS ideologue who was recently nominated to the Rajya Sabha, hit back at Dalwai, saying that he has no right to drag Lord Ram's name in the debate over triple talaq.

Those opposing the triple talaq bill had the Taliban-like mindset, Sinha said.

Several BJP MPs too raised objections to Dalwai's statement in the Rajya Sabha and the demanded the same to be expunged.

Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad today urged the Congress to support the amended triple talaq Bill. Prasad said the bill seeks justice for crores of women.

However, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi today said that her party's stand on the triple talaq bill is quite clear.

The war of words between the government and the Congress-led Opposition comes at a time when ruling side is preparing to push the much-debated triple talaq Bill in Rajya Sabha on Friday.

Importantly, the Union Cabinet on Thursday proposed three changes in the Muslim Women Protection of Rights on Marriage Bill, 2017 - first, only the victim, a blood relation or relation by marriage are allowed to lodge FIR in the case, second, the case can be dropped if the husband and wife agree to settle their differences and third, a magistrate can grant bail to men found guilty of giving instant triple talaq to their wives.

However, the offence still remains non-bailable.

If the amended bill is passed in the Upper House, it will have to go back to Lok Sabha for approval of the amendments.

On December 29, the Lok Sabha passed the bill which seeks to make instant triple talaq a criminal offence, a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government tabled it in the lower house.

The Bill proposes a three-year jail term for a Muslim man who divorces his wife in any form of spoken, written or by electronic means such as email, SMS, and WhatsApp.

Triple talaq, or verbal divorce, is practised by a section in the Muslim community to instantly divorce their wives by uttering `talaq` three times.

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  • Critic, Mangaluru

    Fri, Aug 10 2018

    Modi was the Gujarat Chief Minister holding the home portfolio in 2002. To date, he has not uttered one word of remorse or sympathy for the unprecedented brutality visited on his “Muslim sisters”( which he use to say nowadays) during the genocidal pogrom carried out under his watch.
    Here congress leaders try to show the mirror to his counterpart leaders. Not a big deal.

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  • Shankar, LONDON

    Fri, Aug 10 2018

    anti hindu congress.....Hindus who support congress should think twice

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  • Nawaz, Udupi/ Kuwait

    Sat, Aug 11 2018


    What are you doing in ENGLAND who are anti India and looted and discriminated against Indians. Is it right to call anti India Shankar?

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  • R Bhandarkar, Mangaluru

    Fri, Aug 10 2018

    This Halwai or Daal wahi has gone bonkers.
    If you have a party President you acts like a sugar cane juice vendor then you are bound to.
    This bill honestly if you ask me should not be looked from.a Vote Bank angle.
    Imagine giving Talaq through Whatsapp ,Courier and all that nonsense !
    Sit on an armchair one day eating bettle leaves and say
    Hey Talaq Talaq Talaq ok.?'And immediately bring in another..
    What nonsense is this ?
    And this useless fellow talks of sufferings of women in days gone by belonging to different religions !
    Arre Chatri ke
    Its about stopping exploitation of women and using them as play toys.
    Stupid fellow

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  • pooki, mangaluru

    Fri, Aug 10 2018

    Hey bhandu mam,
    Sukklaven tukka? is there no exploitation of women in other religions? how about north India women in hindu family? not allowed to show her face and even speak in front of males..
    kasalen varshik ulaytha thun?

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  • R Bhandarkar, Mangaluru

    Fri, Aug 10 2018

    Tujhe Hanebarapa Ganyardyaa ...
    Kone Solalo thooka maakshi tulyana ?
    Naavan sama naa maagir nhave buddhie ?
    Read and understand ...
    If cannot go out with elder brother Paadhu
    Useless Pooki

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  • pooki, mangaluru

    Fri, Aug 10 2018

    tun dali tovve kavnn kasale sodtha?

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  • David Pais, Mangalore

    Fri, Aug 10 2018

    toh pormol pakoda, kereng podi ani charmuri vikta. tuka jaive?????????

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  • Nawaz, Udupi/ Kuwait

    Sat, Aug 11 2018


    It is nothing but just for vote bank. Why no law for punishing those who have abandoned their wives? Why no law against wives who leave husband without even Whatsapp or courier? Why no law against those brothers (in Uttarakhand )who all share a single wife? Why is it allowed in Goa to divorce a wife if she fails to deliver male child within a fixed span of time?
    You just need to.differentiate between triple talaq and triple talaq Bill. The Supreme court has already made triple talaq null and void. The discussion here is about triple talaq Bill and not validity of triple talaq.

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