Hyderabad: The passing of the contentious Triple Talaq Bill in the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday, which now makes it a criminal offence, came as a surprise to many.

The NDA -Government on Tuesday secured Rajya Sabha's clearance for the landmark triple talaq bill.The Lok Sabha had earlier passed the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill last week. The Upper House passed the bill by 99 votes in favour and 84 against it. Under it, the practice of instant divorce by Muslim men would be punishable by a jail term of up to three years.

AIMIM President Asaduddin Owaisi who has been a vocal critic of the Bill said that the Triple Talaq bill should be seen only as one part of many attacks on Muslim identity since the NDA government came to power in 2014, AIMIM president Asauddin Owaisi claimed Tuesday. The bill is against Muslim women and marginalizes them even more, he alleged.

"Triple Talaq Bill should be seen only as one part of many attacks on Muslim identity & citizenship since 2014. Mob violence, police atrocities, & mass incarceration won't bog us down. With a firm belief in the Constitution, we've withstood oppression, injustices, & denial of rights," he tweeted.

The bill puts the burden of proof on Muslim women and forces them into impoverishment, he said. Besides, it forces a woman to stay in a marriage with an imprisoned man who has verbally and emotionally abused her, he added.

Owaisi hoped that the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) would challenge the triple talaq bills constitutionality. If they did: sex-selective abortions, child abuse, wife abandonment, & dowry would've been history," he said.

"It is a testing time" for those like him who believed in the rule of law and the guarantees of non-arbitrariness, freedom of religion and right to distinct culture enshrined in the Constitution, he claimed.

Meanwhile Maulana H.S. Jaffer Pasha, a senior cleric in Hyderabad, said, that the passage of the Bill is a reality, but we must keep the Sharia Laws in mind. With Nikah being in the Sharia law it is very important that the problems also be solved as envisaged in the manner of Sharia law only. He also made it clear that the Muslims must not opt for court or the legal system to resolve their problems and make a mockery of the Sharia laws.

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