The Ministry of Minority Affairs (MoMA) decided to observe Muslim Women’s Rights Day annually on August 1 across India to celebrate the enactment of the law against triple talaq. In this regard, on August 1, 2021, this day was observed at the National Commission for Minorities (NCM) office in New Delhi.
- It was attended by Union ministers Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, MoMA; Smriti Zubin Irani, Ministry of Women and Child Development (MoWCD); and Bhupender Yadav, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoF&CC)
- The day also celebrated the 2nd anniversary of the enactment of the law against triple talaq in 2019 i.e. Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Act, 2019.
- The ministers addressed Muslim women from different states of the country through virtual conference.
Points to be noted:
i.The central government enacted the law on August 1, 2019, that has made the practice of instant triple talaq a criminal offence. Since then, there has been a decline of about 82% in Triple Talaq cases.
ii.Egypt was the first Muslim nation which abolished this law in 1929. Sudan in 1929, Pakistan in 1956, Bangladesh in 1972, Iraq in 1959, Syria in 1953, Malaysia in 1969 had abolished the practice of Triple Talaq.
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About Ministry of Minority Affairs (MoMA):
Union Minister – Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi (Constituency- Jharkhand)
Minister of State– John Barla (Constituency- Alipurduars, West Bengal)