New Delhi , Dec. 28 : The Triple Talaq bill has been passed in the Lok Sabha after much debate and discussion,.
Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad introduced the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, calling it a “historic day” amid opposition to its introduction by members of different parties, including RJD, AIMIM, BJD and All India Muslim League.
The law is about justice and respect for women and is not about any religion or community, he said, adding that the practice of instant triple has continued despite the Supreme Court order terming it void.
The law would only be applicable on instant triple talaq or ‘talaq-e-biddat’ and give power to the victim to approach a magistrate seeking “subsistence allowance” for herself and minor children.
The woman can also seek the custody of her minor children from the magistrate who will take a final call on the issue.
Under the law, instant triple talaq in any form — spoken, in writing or by electronic means such as email, SMS and WhatsApp — would be bad or illegal and void.
All the amendments moved by All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen’s (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi, Biju Janata Dal’s (BJD) Bhartruhari Mahtab, the Congress party’s Sushmita Dev and the Communist Party of India’s (Marxist) A. Sampath were negated in the Lower House of the Parliament.
The Congress party in the Parliament, while extending support for the Triple Talaq bill, said that there are certain lacunae in it that need to be rectified before bringing it into force.
According to Owaisi, the proposed bill violated the fundamental rights of Muslims.
Meanwhile, the passed bill will now be introduced in the Rajya Sabha for passage before it is forwarded to the President for signing it into a law.
The bill, if implemented into a law, will make Triple Talaq a criminal offense. It would be applicable to the entire country except Jammu and Kashmir. It proposes a three-year jail term for a Muslim man who divorces his wife in any form of spoken, written or by electronic means such as email, SMS, and WhatsApp.