Muslim women seek tougher laws against triple talaq, ban on polygamy

Hailing the proposed law against triple talaq, Muslim women on Thursday sought tougher provisions to check the practice and also demanded a ban on polygamy.

Muslim Rashtriya Manch, a women's rights outfit, sought more stringent provisions to curb the practice of men divorcing their wife by saying talaq three times in one go.

The outfit also submitted a memorandum to state governor Ram Naik, demanding a better deal for Muslim women across the country.

Manch convener Shabana Azmi said those who resort to triple talaq should be jailed for at least ten years and not for only three years as the proposed law intends.

''There should be a provision to arrest the violators immediately,'' she said, adding that those who tortured their wives and then left them in the lurch by divorcing them should be prosecuted under the proposed law.

The outfit also demanded that the children of the victims of triple talaq should be given 50% share in the immovable property of the offenders, besides being made to pay for the education and upbringing of the children.

''Those who support and extend any kind of help to the persons resorting to triple talaq must also be charged with conspiracy and prosecuted,'' she said.

Ban polygamy

Azmi also demanded a complete ban on polygamy in Muslim society. ''This practice is also a kind of torture and must be banned,'' she said.  

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