Published: Sat, December 16, 2017
World | By Camille Rivera

Instant triple talaq: Union Cabinet clears bill to ban practice

Instant triple talaq: Union Cabinet clears bill to ban practice

In a significant development, the Union Cabinet on Friday approved the proposal to introduce the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill 2017, to make "Talaq-e-Biddat" or instant triple talaq illegal and a punishable offence.

The bill was drafted by Home Minister Rajnath Singh, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Junior Law Minister PP Chaudhary, reported PTI. The Bill is expected to be tabled in the winter session of Parliament.

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Pronouncing that this form of divorce may land the husband in jail for up to three years and a fine, triple talaq would be a non-bailable, cognisable offence.

Violators can get three-year jail term.

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Stating that Muslim women already had a right to seek maintenance from their husbands by virtue of Section 125 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC), he said when a legislation is made without accounting for awareness to the socio-culture context, it can have potentially disastrous consequences.

The Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan (BMMA), which has been at the forefront of demands for banning triple talaq, has written to leaders of all opposition parties to garner support for codification of Muslim family law. Many in the government and opposition have termed it as a progressive bill which fulfills the demands of basic human right for the Indian Muslim women.

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The issue of ending instant divorce was part of the BJP's political campaign in the Uttar Pradesh elections and the party believes it paid dividends among the Muslim women who have been victims. The Modi said cleared in November that they are ready with a bill that would take legal actions to prosecute Muslim men calling off marriages by saying "talaq" three times, which was outlawed by the Supreme Court. It amounts to an interference in personal law, the Board said, reported NDTV.

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