Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi at an event marking the first anniversary of the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Act, 2019 said, “Triple talaq was given “political patronage” by “merchants of vote bank”. It was the Narendra Modi government that made it a criminal offence thus bolstering self-reliance and self-confidence among Muslim women.
He also said that after the enactment of the law, triple talaq cases have come down drastically and that the Central government is committed to political empowerment and not political exploitation. Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and Union Minister for Women and Child Development Smriti Irani also attended the event. Naqvi said August 1 is the day on which Muslim women were freed from triple talaq and it has been recorded in the country’s history as ‘Muslim Women’s Rights Day’.
“A year has gone by since the law against triple talaq was passed and there is about 82% decline in triple talaq case. If any such case was reported, action was taken under the law,” Naqvi said. Women from several cities including New Delhi, Greater Noida, Lucknow and Varanasi, Jaipur, Mumbai, Bhopal, Hyderabad and Tamil Nadu’s Krishnagiri attended the event.