July 25, 2019
Sudip Bandyopadhyay replies to Minister on The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2019
Ravi Shankar ji, I categorically said that when the Supreme Court gave its judgement that divorce by pronouncing ‘talaq’ three times is null and void, we took it for granted this issue would not be reflected upon any further. We said it, but you did not appreciate this stand. It was all out in support of your Bill.
We on principle extended this support following the Supreme Court judgement but the issue of imprisonment for three years is something we oppose very categorically. We said this punishment is excessive, arbitrary and irrational. This was our statement. Nothing was mentioned in it about this issue particularly and it has not been responded to at all, and therefore, as a mark of protest, we walk out from this House.