The government of India passed an executive order that will send Muslim men to prison for three years for ending their marriage by uttering 'talaaq' (divorce) three times.
The practice of 'triple talaaq' or 'instant divorce' allows a Muslim man to divorce his wife by saying 'talaaq' three times.
Women's groups in India have been campaigning for the rights of Muslim women since decades, and welcomed the Supreme Court's verdict of invalidating triple talaaq. However, there are mixed responses to the new order that essentially criminalises Muslim men.
One of the organisations at the forefront on this movement for the justice of women who are abandoned due to triple talaaq is the Mumbai-based BMMA or Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan (Indian Muslim Women's Movement).
But this hasn't impressed everyone: the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) has previously opposed the move to ban triple talaaq, and thereby, the Supreme Court verdict.
Talking to journalists at Quetta Press Club here, Opposition leader in the Quetta Metropolitan Corporation, Muhammad Raheem Kakar, the Deputy Opposition leader, Khuda Bakhsh Lehri along with councilors including Haji Sarwar Bazai, Malik Anayat Kasi and others alleged that citizens of Quetta were forced to pay bribe to the staff concerned through agents at Quetta Metropolitan Corporation for getting birth, death, Nikah and Talaaq certificates.
The most important business would be the Supplementary Demands for Grants, which is the first one after the implementation of GST; the 123rd Constitutional Amendment for setting up of National Commission for Backward Classes as a constitutional body; and the Bill against triple talaaq, he said.