The government on Friday introduced The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2019 banning Triple Talaq in the Lok Sabha amid criticism that it will harm Muslim families and was discriminatory.

All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen lawmaker Asaduddin Owaisi on Friday claimed that the controversial Triple Talaq Bill is unconstitutional, saying it would be great injustice against Muslim women if the Bill became law.

Owaisi said that abandoning a wife attracted up to one-year jail term under the Hindu Marriage Act and wanted to know why Muslim men had to undergo harsher punishment for the same crime.

Congress' Shashi Tharoor and Revolutionary Socialist Party's N.K. Premachandran also spoke against it.

Tharoor said the Bill did nothing to benefit Muslim women. "Instead of protecting Muslim women, the Bill criminalizes Muslim men."

Premachandran said the Bill violated Article 32 of the Constitution and added that marriage disputes should not be put in the purview of a criminal act.