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Triple Talaq bill passed in Lok Sabha

Triple Talaq bill passed in Lok Sabha

The government moved a step closer to making triple talaq a criminal offence as Lok Sabha on Thursday passed the Triple Talaq Bill by voice vote after an intense debate. An employee of the Railways, she has approached the Supreme Court against the practice of polygamy. It provides that a man committing the offence might be imprisoned for up to three years and might have to pay fine as well.

While introducing the Bill earlier in the day, Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad had called it a historic day and stated that the Bill was aimed at ensuring gender justice for Muslim women, while assuring the House that "it was not about religion but about justice and respect for women".

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 present bill needs to be strengthened to safeguard the rights of women to a life of dignity with adequate subsistence allowance". The government, however, pushed the Bill through, as Speaker Sumitra Mahajan accepted the Law Minister's request to allow it to be considered and passed on Thursday itself. 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.

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.

NCP's Supriya Sule said the bill's penal provisions were unfortunate at a time when the Supreme Court has tried to put a stop to "automatic arrest" in dowry harassment cases under IPC section 498A. "With polygamy still in practice, abolition of triple talaq can not alone not help us", Rizwana said to news agency PTI. Justices Kurian Joseph, Rohinton F. Nariman and U.U. Lalit ruled for scrapping the practice; the minority judgement by then chief justice J.S. Khehar and justice S. Abdul Nazeer upheld the validity of the practice and wanted Parliament to bring in legislation governing Muslim marriages and divorce within six months.

"A new beginning has been made, which would protect Muslim women from the immoral practice of nikah halala", said Ms. Faiz, whose view was shared by Ms. Rizwana and Ms. Razia with a slight variance. He also took a dig at Modi.

Referring to the Shah Bano case of mid-1980s, Meenakshi Lekhi of the BJP criticized the opposition Congress of indulging in politics of appeasement overlooking the plight of Muslim women. "Today morning, I read a news that a woman in Rampur was given talaq by her husband just because she woke up late", Prasad said.

M J Akbar, Minister of State for External Affairs in the BJP-led Government, questioned the credibility of the AIMPLB. We must understand the pain of Muslim women.


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