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Muslim bodies to move SC if ‘triple talaq’ bill passed by RS

Newdelhi: Alleging ‘illegality’ in provisions of the bill that criminalises instant ‘triple talaq’, an Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) leader said Muslim bodies would challenge it in the Supreme Court if the Rajya Sabha also passes it. The Lok Sabha had last week passed the bill that makes ‘triple talaq’ punishable by up to three years imprisonment for the husband. The IUML leader in the Lok Sabha, P.K Kunhalikutty, alleged there were many ‘lacunae’ and ‘contradictions’ in the bill passed by the Lower House last week.IUML national general secretary said various Muslim bodies in the country would move the Supreme Court if the bill was also passed by the Rajya Sabha. “We will challenge it in the Supreme Court. We will move the apex court if the Rajya Sabha also passes the bill. The IUML will be a party to it,” Kunhalikutty told. Hitting out at the BJP government, he alleged the ruling party’s move to ‘criminalize a family problem is completely politically motivated’. “It is a bid (by the Centre) to interfere in the personal law”, the IUML leader said. Alleging there were lacunae in the bill, he said it does not answer many fundamental questions, including protection of the wife and children if the husband goes to jail for uttering ‘talaq’ three times.