They include the Constitution (SC and ST) Orders (Amendment) Bill, 2016, Inter-State River Water Disputes (Amendment) Bill, 2017, Lokpal and Lokayuktas and other related Law (Amendment) Bill, 2014, Whistle Blowers Protection (Amendment) Bill, 2015, Armed Forces Tribunal (Amendment) Bill, 2012, and Public Premises (Eviction of Unauthorised Occupants) Amendment Bill, 2017.
The new law would make it a non-bailable crime that would carry a three-year jail term.
The government is set to criminalise instant triple talaq after the cabinet approved the proposal to introduce a bill to protect Muslim women, especially those falling prey to the instant process, also known as talaq-e-biddat. "Earlier, not many knew of the divorce but now many realise that instant triple talaq is no more valid", she said. We also want to stop the practice of triple talaq.
"It is, therefore, absurd that a special law is being considered when existing legislation would sufficiently provide appropriate remedies to Muslim women who are at the receiving end of triple talaq", he said, adding that as a Parliamentarian, it was his duty to oppose such an initiative that would have severe consequences on the rule of law and social cohesion in the country. So, the triple talaq bill, we consider as a direct interference in the religious matters of the largest community. This is a serious issue which must be dealt seriously as many women are affected by the triple talaq. We are all citizens in a democracy and living in the 21st century.
According to Soman, they have written letters to Congress President-elect Rahul Gandhi and other opposition leaders, including West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and CPI-M General Secretary Sitaram Yechury for their collective support in converting the triple talaq Bill into when it is tabled in the Winter Session of Parliament for discussion. "It is the responsibility of political parties, its representatives and all the women of this country", she said.
"India's criminal laws and its enforcement systems have already resulted in the disproportionate and mass incarceration of Muslim, Adivasi and Dalit men".
He also suggested that the AIMPLB, the main party in the legal case, be consulted in the drafting of the Bill before it is passed by Parliament.