Triple Talaq Is Going On & Will Continue: Mamata’s Minister


Kolkata: Disregarding resistance from political opponents and the Muslim clergy,
the Union Cabinet cleared an ordinance on Wednesday to criminalise instant triple
talaq on the ground that the controversial custom, declared unconstitutional by the
Supreme Court, was still being used against women of the minority community. Late
Wednesday night, President Ram Nath Kovind signed the ordinance.

Opposing this, minister Siddiqullah Chowdhury clearly said, “The tradition of
divorce (talaq) is going on, and it will continue.”

The library minister of the state said that the right to divorce has been given by
the Koran and the Shariat and the BJP is no one to oppose this. He also said,
“Islam religion is not surviving because of BJP. What is the age of BJP? Islam
religion is more than 1450 years old. This law is from the one who created us.”

Siddiqullah further added that, “Those who believe in Islam, get married and if
needed get separated or have talaq. This is one of the ways of surviving. In this
case, ordinance was cleared or not is not of concern for the Muslims.”

The TMC party has not issued any statements on the issue of ordinance. Siddiqullah
also said that he was unaware of the party’s stand on this issue. “I do not know
what the party will say. I will think about it when they will say. Being a Jamiat
leader, this is my opinion.” He is the president of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind’s West
Bengal branch.

Months after the Supreme Court had termed the instant triple talaq as
unconstitutional, TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee said, “We did not oppose to the
cancellation of the triple talaq because it is in favour of the women. But in the
bill by the central government, the problems of the women will increase.”