But the government argues that the practice of instant triple talaq had not stopped despite the Supreme Court order and that the AIMPLB had not been able to do anything on the issue despite its assurances.
"The board believes that the bill is against the Constitution, the rights of women and Shariah".
"Without prejudice to the generality of the provisions contained in any other law for the time being in force, a married Muslim woman upon whom talaq is pronounced, shall be entitled to receive from her husband such amount of subsistence allowance for her and dependent children as may be determined by the Magistrate", says the draft bill. "If this Bill becomes a law, women will face a host of difficulties", AIMPLB spokesperson Maulana Khalil-ur-Rehman Sajjad Nomani said. "If they wanted to be represented, they should have done so before it", ANI quoted as she saying.
The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) on Sunday said that it will request Prime Minister Narendra Modi to withhold and withdraw the proposed bill that criminalises the practice of instant divorce or Triple Talaq. As a matter of public policy, offences relating to marriage, as long as they do not result in any physical harm to the wife, are made non-cognizable and subject to judicial oversight to prevent third parties from seeking redressal of wrongs committed between two private parties.
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Bebaak Collective, a women's rights group that played a pivotal role in the Shayara Bano case, has warned that "the move to imprison Muslim men will add to the prevailing insecurity and alienation of the Muslim community". The government introducing a bill that seeks to criminalise the act is hasty, ill-conceived and cruel. It is highly objectionable that the Centre did not consult the AIMPLB, any Muslim organisation or any stakeholder before preparing the draft of the Bill, he alleged.
Rahmani said the personal law board had framed a code of conduct in April this year, "in the light of Sharia", against the instant triple talaq.
They termed the proposed legislation "dangerous" and said neither the board it nor other "true representatives" of Muslims were consulted before drawing up the bill.
It is also learnt that there is a strong dissent among the members of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMLB) and especially some women members are upset over board's handling of the situation.