Tribune News Service
New Delhi, July 31
Union Law & Justice Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Friday said, the law against instant triple talaq is working and achieving the intended goals, as the government data has revealed that there has been a sharp decline in the incidences of such cases since the legislation was enacted a year ago.
Talking to The Tribune, the minister, who piloted the “Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Act – 2019” in Parliament, said, “If the number of cases of instant triple talaq is declining, it means that that the law is working and achieving the intended goals.”
Marking the completion of one year of the enactment of the “Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Act”, Prasad said, “It still remains a painful saga that despite more than 20 Islamic countries having regulated the unjust practice in one form or the other, it took 70 years and the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to ban it in India.”
He further reiterated his assertion that instant triple talaq “is nothing about religion, rather it is mainly about gender justice, gender equality and gender empowerment”.
According to the government data, which is based on the feedback received from Waqf Boards, Minority Commissions and local administration, as against 3,82,964 cases of the triple talaq between 1985 and 2019, which comes to around average of around 11,263 incidents per year, only 1,039 incidence of such act were reported in the past one year since the law was enacted.
State wise data shows that India’s most populous state Uttar Pradesh reported only 281 cases in the past one year, as against 63,400 since the famous Shah Bano case shot into the limelight in 1985.
Shah Bano hailed from Madhya Pradesh and the state reported as many as 22,801 cases during that period, but in last one year there were just 32.
West Bengal had reported the second highest number of cases since 1985 at 51,800, but the practice has seemingly been reined in as the TMC ruled state reported only 201 cases in the last one year.
State 1985-2019 2019-20
Uttar Pradesh 63,400 281
West Bengal 51,800 201
United Andhra Pradesh 41,382 203
Maharashtra 39,200 102
Bihar 38,617 49
Rajasthan 33,122 83
Haryana 29,201 26
Kerala 23,233 19
Madhya Pradesh 22,801 32
Tamil Nadu 21,200 26
Assam 19,008 17
(Several of the cases are under reconciliation as per the laid down rules of the law)