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"I will again appeal to Sonia ji that this ordinance has been brought in the interest of the country to bring gender justice".

Prasad accused the Congress of stalling the Triple Talaq Bill in the Rajya Sabha for the sake of its "vote bank politics".

"This "triple talaq" ordinance basically is to try and win over a segment in the Muslim community, to win the women's vote among the minorities", said Sandeep Shastri, a political analyst at Jain University in the southern city of Bengaluru.

Sources later said the magistrate would ensure that bail is granted only after the husband agrees to grant compensation to the wife as provided in the bill. "The rationale.is that this is a private dispute between wife and husband so wife must be heard", Prasad said.

He said the ordinance provides that the mother/victim wife must get the custody of the minor child and she will be entitled to a maintenance for herself and the child.

The government's executive order would allow Muslim women or immediate relatives to complain to the police, who could then arrest the husband if required, Prasad said, calling the issue one of gender justice and equality.

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"But the Modi government would not want that, they don't want upliftment of Muslim women", he told news channels.

He also asked that why should the onus of proving instant triple talaq be on women as per the proposed Legislation or the proposed Ordinance.

But it couldn't get the approval of the upper house, where the opposition controls the majority of seats. The Lok Sabha has already passed the bill.

To make the proposed law palatable to the opposition, the government last month brought three amendments to The Muslim Women Protection of Rights in Marriage Act. The Congress-led Opposition, however, had demanded that the Bill should be sent to the Select Committee for further scrutiny. After the Supreme Court quashed the practice, it has become a law. "Our issue is with the criminalisation aspect".

"We not only welcomed the Supreme Court judgement quashing the instant triple talaq as a victory for the rights of Muslim women but it was Congress leaders, who represented the women petitioners before the Supreme Court", he said.

Instant triple talaq or talaq-e-biddat is a practice that was challenged in the court.

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