22112017-TTC-01.qxd 11/22/2017 1:33 AM Page 1 13 established in 1881 wednesday, november 22, 2017 late city chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 137 no. 322 | 30 pages | ~4.50 | regd. no. chd/0006/2015-2017 /thetribunechd HOPE FADES, TOLL 13 /thetribunechd Govt mulls law to penalise triple talaq Sets up ministerial panel | Bill in winter session likely | Practice banned by apex court Tribune News Service New Delhi, November 21 The Union Government has set up a ministerial committee to frame a legal framework to end the practice of instantaneous triple talaq, making it an offence. The move by the Centre is to give effect to the August 22 Supreme Court order setting aside the practice of talaq-ebiddat or triple talaq among the Muslims. Official sources said the committee would frame a law either by amending the exist- ing penal provision or through a new legislation and introduce the same in the coming winter session of Parliament. In a landmark judgment in the “Shayara Bano versus Union of India and other connected matters,” that was delivered in August this year, the apex court had set aside the practice as unconstitutional, upholding equal rights and equal protection, enshrined under Article 14 of the Constitution, for all citizens, irrespective of majority or minority status. The judgment was aimed to CONG, BJP SPAR OVER WINTER SESSION DELAY ■ The Congress and BJP on Tuesday sparred over delay in convening winter session ■ The Congress claimed the government was doing so to avoid a debate on “scams” at the time of Gujarat polls ■ The BJP insisted the UPA too had scheduled sessions after state polls as politicians were busy campaigning PAGE 7 help Muslim women, who have no say in the arbitrary decision of their spouses to unilaterally divorce them. The All-India Muslim Personal Law Board had maintained that on matters such as talaq-e-biddat, it was for Parliament to enact a law. There have been a number of divorces via talaq-ebiddat, despite the judgment. Sources said this could be owing to lack of awareness on the Supreme Court ruling or absence of any deterrent punishment. Only recently, a faculty member of a leading educational institution divorced his wife on WhatsApp and SMS (short message service). As the law stands today, a victim of talaq-e-biddat or instantaneous triple talaq has no option but to approach the police for redressal of grievance as the Muslim clergy is of no help to her. But the police cannot take action against the husband in the absence of any punitive law. “The government enacting a legislation against talaq-e-biddat will go a long way in deterring Muslim men from divorcing their wives and in empowering Muslim women,” the sources said. Soldier, three militants killed in Kupwara Rescuers carry the body of sub fire officer Raj Kumar, a day after a polybag factory building collapsed in Ludhiana on Tuesday. The toll has risen to 13. It is feared more may be trapped. CM Capt Amarinder visited the site. He announced ~10 lakh ex gratia each for next of kin of deceased firemen and an MC official. The kin of other victims will get ~2 lakh each. HIMANSHU MAHAJAN PAGE 2 ‘We in Lahore did it, so must you’ Pak scholar recalls how they fought to retain Dyal College name Vishav Bharti Tribune News Service Chandigarh, November 21 When Ghulam Mustafa joined Lahore’s Government Dyal Singh College as a lecturer in 1987, there was a strong attempt by certain sections to rename the college as Data Sahib College. “But some ‘roshan khayal’ (progressive) teachers fought back and the name stayed. Will intellectuals in India fight back too,” asks Mustafa, referring to the move to rename Delhi’s Dyal MUGABE QUITS Harare: Under fire from the public and military, Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe on Tuesday resigned from the country’s top post after 37 years, international media reports said. The 93-yearold had earlier received his marching orders after Zimbabwe’s ruling party presented a motion in Parliament to impeach the defiant leader. PAGE 13 What privacy? Instal CCTVs in courts: SC New Delhi: Maintaining that judges can’t claim privacy in courtrooms, the SC on Tuesday favoured early installation of CCTVs in courts for recording of proceedings. “What privacy? This is not a case of privacy. We don’t need privacy here. Judges don’t need privacy in court proceedings. Nothing private is happening here. We all are sitting in front of you,” said a Bench. BACK PAGE Ryan conductor gets bail on ~50,000 bond Gurugram: A local court on Tuesday granted bail to Ryan school bus conductor Ashok Kumar, two months after he was held for murdering student Pradyuman. He was asked to sign a bail bond for ~50,000. The CBI probe had established that there was no evidence so far to prove that he was behind the murder. PAGE 6 Today’s issue is of 30 pages, including fourpage Jobs and Careers, six-page Chandigarh Tribune and four-page Life+Style. Facade of the Lahore college. Singh College as Vande Mataram Mahavidyalaya. Now an associate professor, Mustafa says a group of teachers got Dyal Singh Majithia’s portrait installed in the staff room. “Now young students often ask us about the portrait and we proudly tell them that this man spent his fortune on building a college for you.” The college has emerged as one of the key centres of academic activism, says Dr Shafiq Butt, joint secretary, Punjab Professors and Lecturers Association. “Even after 1987, there were numerous attempts to rename Sir Ganga continued on page 7 Diplomatic coup, Bhandari re-elected Tribune News Service ICJ POLL: UK PULLS OUT Srinagar, November 21 A soldier and three LeT militants were killed and three jawans injured in two anti-militancy operations in Kupwara district today, officials said. While the Army jawan was killed and two others injured in an ongoing gunfight in Kupwara forests, three militants were killed in Handwara this morning. New Delhi, November 21 India staged a diplomatic coup when Justice Dalveer Bhandari was re-elected to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) late Monday night in New York after the UK withdrew its candidate Justice Christopher Greenwood, who gave him a tough fight in 11 initial rounds of voting at the UN. “A vote that brings cheer to a billion. India’s nominee Judge Bhandari re-elected to ICJ. General Assembly: 183 Security Council: 15,” announced India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Syed Akbaruddin on Twitter. In the 12th round of voting, Justice Dalveer Bhandari (in pic) and Justice Christopher Greenwood won majority in the General Assembly and the Security Council respectively, leading to a deadlock. But India was able to persuade the UK to withdraw its candidate. AMNESTY FOR STONE-THROWERS PAGE 10 A gunfight broke out around 3 pm when security forces assisted by Special Forces launched an operation in Zurhama forests, 110 km from Srinagar, following inputs about militants’ presence. “During search, militants opened fire triggering a gunfight. Three soldiers were wounded, but one of them later succumbed to his injuries,” a defence source said. The identity of the slain soldier could not be established. The gunfight was on till the filing of this report. — TNS India got 183 of the total 193 votes in the General Assembly while all 15 members of the Security Council supported Justice Bhandari’s reelection, the MEA said. Just before the voting, Britain’s Permanent Representative to the UN Matthew Rycroft communicated to the Presidents of the Security Council and the General Assembly that his country had withdrawn Greenwood from the fray, keeping “in mind the close relationship that the UK and India always enjoyed and will continue to enjoy”. The MEA said it appreciated UK’s decision. Bhandari (70), a former Supreme Court Judge, who was first elected to the ICJ in 2012, would start his fresh term in February next along with four other judges. This is for the first time since the ICJ was set up in 1945 at the Hague that there will be no British Judge. Prime Minister Narendra Modi termed it as a proud moment and credited External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and her ministry’s officials for their efforts in ensuring Bhandari’s success. In a series of tweets, the PM expressed gratitude to members of the UN General Assembly and the UN Security Council for “their support and trust in India.” Swaraj specially mentioned Akbaruddin in her tweet.
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