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Javed Akhtar on Saturday said that there should be a ban on triple talaq practice but the uniform civil code should be implemented only after proper discussion

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November 12, 2016: Veteran lyricist-poet Javed Akhtar on Saturday said that there should be a ban on triple talaq practice but the uniform civil code should be implemented only after proper discussion.

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“I have always spoken against these things. Triple talaq should be banned immediately in any civil society. As far as uniform common civil code is concerned, I am not sure how far this is possible because our country is huge,” Akhtar said while addressing a session at the Sahitya AajTak event.

Akhtar said India has many traditions, cultures, and sub-cultures and bringing them all under one law would be a mammoth task.

“The government should make a draft of civil code and put it on the net. There should be a draft, only then a discussion is possible. It should be discussed for a year.

“If there is any discrepancy, then the Constitution must prevail and there should be no confusion about this.”

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The lyricist further added that the politicians should remain silent on sensitive issues as they often say right things with wrong intentions, ending up weakening the cause.

When he was asked whether there was a danger to freedom of expression, he said that it was not entirely true.

“What happens is that when people take a stand… It sometimes is extreme but reality is somewhere in between. Some people say freedom of expression is over. That’s not true. I say whatever I feel like but it is also true that there are attempts against it.”

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Akhtar said, “Islam was always in danger but now Hindu religion is also in danger.”
He further added that the scene in “Sholay” where Dharmendra woos Hema Malini by hiding himself behind Shiva’s statue would not be possible today.

– by NewsGram team with PTI inputs

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Triple Talaq Now Banned In India

While most Hindu personal laws have been overhauled and codified over the years, Muslim laws have been left to religious authorities and left largely untouched.

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Indian Muslim women talk while walking through a market in Ahmadabad, India. VOA

India’s government on Wednesday approved an ordinance to implement a top court ruling striking down the Muslim practice that allows men to instantly divorce.

The government decision came after it failed to get approval of Parliament a year after the court ruled that the practice of triple “talaq” violated the constitutional rights of Muslim women.

Most of the 170 million Muslims in India are Sunnis governed by the Muslim Personal Law for family matters and disputes. The laws include allowing men to divorce by simply uttering the Arabic word “talaq,” or divorce, three times — and not necessarily consecutively, but at any time, and by any medium, including telephone, text message or social media post.

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The government will have another six months to get Parliament’s approval for the ordinance to become law. But in the meantime, suspects can be prosecuted using the ordinance.

Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said that nearly 22 countries, including neighboring Pakistan and Bangladesh, have banned the practice and appealed to the opposition to approve the Muslim Women Protection of Rights on Marriage Bill.

India’s Muslim Law Board had told the court that while they considered the practice wrong, they opposed any court intervention and asked that the matter be left to the community. But several progressive Muslim activists decried the law board’s position.

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Muslim women hold placards during a protest against a bill passed by India’s lower house of Parliament last week that aims at prosecuting Muslim men who divorce their wives through the “triple talaq,” or instant divorce. VOA

After the Supreme Court verdict, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government introduced a bill criminalizing the practice and it was approved in December by the lower house of Parliament, where his party commands a majority. But it couldn’t get the approval of the upper house, where the opposition controls the majority of seats.

The main opposition Congress party is opposing a three-year prison sentence for the offenders and wants a parliamentary committee to discuss the issue to reach a consensus. It favors a lesser sentence.

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In India, triple talaq has continued with the protection of laws that allow Muslim, Christian and Hindu communities to follow religious laws in matters like marriage, divorce, inheritance and adoption. While most Hindu personal laws have been overhauled and codified over the years, Muslim laws have been left to religious authorities and left largely untouched. (VOA)