HYDERABAD: If the Centre addresses the flaws pointed out in the Triple Talaq Bill, the All India Muslim Personal Law Board will welcome it, said its spokesperson on Thursday in Hyderabad.
Speaking to the media after the Board met in Hyderabad to discuss the agenda for the 26th meeting of the AIMPLB, AIMPLB spokesperson Moulana Sajjad Nomani said, "In its present form, the bill does not protect the rights of women. If this bill comes to pass in its present form, anyone can call up the local police station where a Muslim couple resides and make a false report about triple talaq on the husband.
"The police will arrest the husband even if the wife says no instant triple talaq was issued. The onus to prove the husband's innocence falls on the woman," Nomani added.
The board also alleged that the legislation was an attempt to ban the entire system of talaq and deny Muslim husbands the right to divorce.
Noomani said, "The government went ahead with the drafting of the legislation despite the Supreme Court making it clear that the government cannot interfere with any form of talaq except the instant triple talaq. The objectives of the bill clearly mention that it is not just for banning triple talaq but all forms of irrevocable talaq."
Board members said they reached out to the Prime Ministers Office highlighting the flaws in the bill and expressed their desire to sit down and resolve the flaws.
"Unfortunately, there has been no response from the PMO till now," said Nomani who along with ALMPLB secretary Moulana Khalid Saifullah Rahmani and Member of Parliament Asaduddin Owaisi was addressing the press conference.
Asked about instances where certain members belonging to the ruling party made proclamations of building the Ram temple at Ayodhya despite a pending Supreme Court judgement, Nomani said, "Those who make such proclamations are doing contempt of court. The court needs to take notice of such instances,"
The 26th working committee of the board meeting on Friday and the general body meeting on Saturday and Sunday would discuss the triple talaq bill and chalk out the strategy to get the flaws and lacunae removed. Members who wish to take up a topic which is not one the agenda meeting can do go with the permission of those heading the meetings, they added.