September 20: The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has issued the following statement on Triple Talaq Ordinance
The ordinance on triple talaq promulgated by the central government is uncalled for and is motivated by considerations other than that of the welfare of Muslim women.
The triple talaq Bill is pending in the Rajya Sabha and requires a full discussion including reference to a Select Committee. The ordinance is an undemocratic step bypassing parliament.
The triple talaq form of divorce has already been declared illegal by the Supreme Court judgment. The legislation regarding this has made a civil wrong into a criminal offence with the prescription of maximum three yearspunishment. This is an ill-conceived measure which will not help the interests of the affected women. There are other flaws in the Bill which needs to be rectified.
This ordinance is designed to serve the political interests of the ruling Party and cannot be accepted. Parliament should adopt a revised legislation in this regard.