Mamata Banerjee calls triple talaq bill 'defective', says it would do Muslim women more harm than good

Ahmedpur (West Bengal): West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday described the bill on triple talaq as "defective", saying it would do Muslim women more harm than good.

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee addresses during the special inaugural session of the 78th Indian History Congress. PTI

File image of West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee. PTI

She accused the BJP of trying to "do politics" with the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, which was passed in the Lok Sabha recently.

"We did not oppose the triple talaq bill because we are for women. I know many Muslims who abide by the law. This bill, brought by the BJP government, is a defective one.

"Instead of protecting the Muslim women, it will cause them harm. The BJP is playing petty politics with the bill", Banerjee said while addressing a meeting here.

Banerjee also claimed that her Trinamool Congress is the only party in the country having 33 percent women MPs.

Questioning the utility of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 'Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao' scheme, Banerjee said that the Centre was spending only Rs 100 crore for the entire country, while West Bengal government is spending Rs 5,000 crore for the 'Kanyashree' scheme.

'Kanyashree' is a cash transfer scheme with the aim of improving the status and well-being of the girl child in West Bengal by incentivising schooling of teenage girls.

The Lok Sabha had on 28 December passed the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill that criminalises instant triple talaq or talaq-e-biddat and makes it punishable by up to three years imprisonment for the husband.

The development was hailed by the BJP-led government as "historic" but disapproved of by a section of the Opposition.

The Lok Sabha passed the hugely contentious bill by voice vote after rejecting a string of amendments moved by Opposition members. The Rajya Sabha is yet to pass the bill.

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Updated Date: Jan 03, 2018 20:47:11 IST

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