Terming the Triple Talaq bill "inhuman, anti-women and barbaric", the women's wing of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) on Tuesday appealed to Rajya Sabha members to press for referring it to a select committee for scrutiny.
Asma Zohra, the chief organiser of the women's wing of AIMPLB, told reporters in Hyderabad that if passed, the triple talaq legislation will damage the family and social fabric of the community.
The bill, passed in the Lok Sabha last week, could not be taken up in the Rajya Sabha on Monday as the Opposition insisted that it be referred to a select committee. It is likely to be taken up on Wednesday again.
"There was no need for this bill after Supreme Court judgment invalidating triple talaq. It is brought with political and communal motives to divide the society," Asma Zohra said.
She claimed that Muslims across India oppose and condemn the bill brought in the Rajya Sabha for a second time.
The women's wing of AIMPLB is of the view that if passed, the legislation will break marriages rather than empowering women. It termed the bill a direct blow to the family system and the institution of marriage.
She said the AIMPLB has time and again stated that triple talaq in one sitting is not the standard procedure of divorce and those practising this shall face social boycott.
"Muslim women will not get anything from this bill. Instead, they will be left abandoned and deserted. Her condition will become more miserable," it said.
"It is ironic that there is freedom in this country for men and women to have premarital, extramarital and even multiple relationships. Decriminalisation of Section 377 is being cited as an example of freedom in personal and civil matters, then why a Muslim husband is penalised for divorce," asked Asma Zohra.