According to the new policy, formed by the BJP led government in Assam, an interim pension will be given to the Muslim women in Assam who have been divorced using the provision of triple talaq. Health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said the same while talking about the modifications made to the state’s draft population policy declared last month.
The draft that is being called as population and women empowerment policy bars people having more than two children or marrying before legitimately permissible age from getting government jobs.
“There will be provision for skill upgradation of Muslim women divorcee to help in gainful employment and in the interim, such victims of triple talaq will be given family pension,” Sarma said.
Besides, divorcees and single women from other communities will be given skill-based education and job. However, they won’t receive interim pension.
The BJP-led Centre is against triple talaq, a provision in which a Muslim man can divorce his wife by saying talaq thrice. The government feels it impacts the social status and dignity of Muslim women and making them unequal and vulnerable. PM Modi has also condemned the practice, urging Muslims not to view the issue through a “political lens”.
The changes in policy have been made after taking feedback from public, NGOs and media outlets. Sarma said the government will try to introduce the new policy from August.