Modi Government clears Triple Talaq bill instantly

16 December, 2017, 18:51 | Author: Diane Mills
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The Hindu, which accessed the draft bill, reported that a man who practices triple talaq can be jailed for up to three years, and can also attract a fine.

The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2017, cleared by the Narendra Modi government on Friday, may not ensure complete justice to victims of triple talaq, fear activists. The other members included External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and his junior in the ministry P P Chaudhary.

The Supreme Court had on August 22 struck down triple talaq, calling the practice unconstitutional and violative of Article 14 of the Constitution, which provides for equality before the law.

Almost four months after a Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court deemed it as unconstitutional, the Union Cabinet has cleared a Bill to criminalize the practice of instant Triple Talaq, according to news reports.

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That the government is giving top priority to the Bill can be gauged from the fact that it has already submitted a list of more than 25 bills that are to be tabled in the ongoing Winter session.

It holds triple talaq in any form-verbal, written or send through electronic means such as an SMS or email - as "illegal and void". Owaisi added the attempt to bring the law to criminalise instant talaq is a futile exercise. The subsistence allowance and custody provisions give legal protection to the wife if she is thrown out of her husband's house. It is on this basis, the practice of concurrent talaq has been termed invalid in most of the Muslim countries.

On Thursday, the West Bengal subcommittee of the Muslim Personal Law Board said that the proposed bill was drafted without consulting any Islamic scholars.

The bill is being introduced as the practice still continues despite the Supreme Court striking down "talaq-e- biddat" (instant triple talaq).


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