Bill Criminalising triple talaq passed
After the Lok Sabha passed the ‘triple talaq’ Bill on 28 December 2017, the Narendra Modi government indicated it would be amenable to incorporating some of the amendments that the Opposition suggested when the Bill comes up for discussion in the Rajya Sabha.
The government doesn’t have a majority in the Rajya Sabha, and a combined Opposition can force the Bill be sent to a House Select Committee for further study.
The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2017, which prohibits divorce by pronouncing instant talaq, or talaq-e-biddat, was passed with most of the leading parties in the Opposition, including the Congress, voting in favour of the Bill, but with caveats.
The Bill allows the victim to approach a magistrate to seek “subsistence allowance” for herself and minor children. All kinds of instant triple talaq – spoken, in writing or by electronic means, such email, text message or WhatsApp – would be illegal and void.
The draft bill also has a provision of imprisonment for a term, which may extend to three years, and a fine, for violators.
This law is for women’s rights and justice and not regarding any prayer, ritual or religion.
The law minister added that Centre is looking at the bill through the lens of humanity and not politics, as alleged by the opposition parties.
He said that judiciary in various judgements have conveyed their concerns from time to time on this issue. We were expecting that after this judgement, triple talaq cases would come down and situation would improve…about 300 triple talaq cases happened in 2017 and 100 were reported after the Supreme Court’s judgement.
Several countries particularly Islamic nations including Pakistan, Bangladesh, Morocco, Indonesia, Malaysia and Tunisia have regulated this.
The law will give a big blow to those who want to keep women under the constant “fear and terror” in the name of talaq,it concerns the “pain and distress” of 9 crore Muslim women.