Muslim Women's Rights Day in 2022: Understand its significance in history


Muslim Women's Rights Day in 2022: Understand its significance in history


On August 1st, Muslims around the nation observe Muslim Women's Rights Day to commemorate the passage of the triple talaq law. This law went into effect on August 1st, 2019, making the use of triple talaq a crime.

By repeating the word "talaq" three times continuously, Indian Muslim husbands might instantaneously divorce their wives without seeking her permission. This practise is known as triple talaq.

Ø History

Indian Muslim husbands were granted extraordinary privileges over their wives under the Muslim Personal Law (Shariat) Application Act of 1937, including the ability to execute triple talaq. Triple talaq, also known as Talaq-a-Biddat, was often used. The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2019, which was approved by the Rajya Sabha on July 31st, became law on August 1st. The Triple Talaq Act outlawed the practise.

Some societal segments viewed the law as contentious and protested against it. But the government persisted in wanting to pass the law. The government said that Muslim Women's Rights Day would be marked nationwide on August 1 in 2021 to honour the occasion.

Ø Significance

With the passage of the law prohibiting triple talaq, the practise is now a criminal violation with a maximum sentence of three years in prison and a fine. A married Muslim woman should be entitled to custody of her minor children in the event that her husband declares talaq, in such a manner as may be established by the magistrate, according to the bill passed by the Narendra Modi-led government.

The prohibition of the Triple Talaq is one way to protect gender equality. Additionally, it enhances the millions of Indian women's fundamental, constitutional, and democratic rights. The bill also encourages millions of Muslim women to be independent, respect themselves, and value themselves. According to sources, since the law's enactment, the number of triple talaq instances has dropped by 80%.

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