Nitish Kumar’s JD-U voices anguish over Triple Talaq ordinance

Nitish Kumar’s JD-U voices anguish over Triple Talaq ordinance

PATNA: Differences have crept in the NDA over the issue of instant triple talaq with the JD-U taking an altogether different stand from its ally, the BJP.

“The JD-U does not agree with the ordinance brought by the Centre over the Muslim divorce practice of triple talaq,” JD-U’s national general secretary KC Tyagi told the media on Wednesday.

“We think the issue should be left to the Muslim community and let them find out the solution to this problem,” he added.

Tyagi said the JD-U had already made its stand clear in its letter to the Law Commission sent in 2016.

The JD-U’s observation comes shortly after the Union Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved an ordinance on Wednesday criminalising the instant triple talaq which has been banned by the Supreme Court in August 2017 by a 3-2majority decision.

The NDA government was forced to bring the ordinance as it failed to pass the “Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2017 from the Rajya Sabha although it was passed by a voice vote in Lok Sabha.

“There was a compelling necessity to bring the ordinance. Triple talaq is taking place across the country. We have information on 430 instances between January 2017 and September 2018 despite the Supreme Court having annulled it,” union law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad was quoted as saying by Hindustan Times.

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