New Delhi: As today it turned one year after a bill was passed by Parliament against Triple Talaq, Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Ravi Shankar Prasad and Smriti Irani on Friday addressed Muslim women to commemorate the day.
Union Minister for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said here that commitment of the Government is “Politic Empowerment and not Political Exploitation”. Several “bold and big reforms” are a reflection of our honest and effective efforts which have delivered better results, he said.
Naqvi said that “1st August is a day which made Muslim women free from social evil of Triple Talaq; 1st August has been recorded in the country’s history as “Muslim Women Rights Day”. 1st August will remain as a golden moment of Indian democracy and Parliamentary history.”
“When the Prime Minister announced that triple talaq should be abolished, many were angry. Yet it was criminalised. You can now see that triple talaq cases have reduced considerably,” said Naqvi while addressing a thin crowd of Muslim women in person.
Union Minister Smriti Irani spoke about how the Prime Minister ensured the empowerment of women through various schemes. She also thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for ensuring women’s empowerment.
Union Law and Justice Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad asked why did it take India 70 years to bring a law against Triple Talaq and pointed out it is a ” law for women’s rights and self-respect”.
“Let’s make these women digitally literate. One-third of employees of IT ministry are women,” said Prasad.
The law, formally called the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Act, 2019, was passed in last year after intense debates in both the lower and upper houses of Parliament, with opposition parties stating it targeted the Muslim community even as the centre asserted that it would help achieve gender justice for Muslim women.