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Lok Sabha Passes Bill Criminalising Triple Talaq

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The Bill was passed after the house rejected a string of amendments moved by various opposition members.

Union law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad speaks in the Lok Sabha in New Delhi on Thursday, during the winter session of the parliament. Credit: PTI

New Delhi: The Lok Sabha today passed the contentious Bill making triple talaq illegal with up to three years in jail for the husband, a development hailed by the government as “historic”.

The Bill was passed after the house rejected a string of amendments moved by various opposition members.

MPs from the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM), the Biju Janata Dal (BJD), All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) and All India Muslim League opposed the Bill, calling it arbitrary in nature and a faulty proposal.

The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill would only be applicable on instant triple talaq or talaq-e- biddat. It gives power to the victim to approach a magistrate seeking “subsistence allowance” for herself and minor children. A victim can also seek the custody of her minor children from the magistrate.

Under the law, instant triple talaq in any form – spoken, in writing or by electronic means such as email, SMS and WhatsApp – would be illegal and void.

The Bill will now be sent to the Rajya Sabha for passage before it is forwarded to the president for signing it into law.

The Bill is likely to sail through the Rajya Sabha, where the government lacks majority, given the Congress’s stated support to the legislation.

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