Published: Sun, December 17, 2017
Global | By Shelia Dennis

Union Cabinet clears Bill to criminalize instant #TripleTalaq

Union Cabinet clears Bill to criminalize instant #TripleTalaq

While clearing the Bill, the Cabinet said it would act as a "shield" for Muslim women and protect them from atrocities.

According to the draft law prepared by an inter- ministerial group headed by home minister Rajnath Singh, giving instant triple talaq will be "illegal and void" and will attract a jail term of three years for the husband. The Narendra Modi Government also made the promise during their political campaign in Uttar Pradesh to provide a safety bill for the Muslim women.

The Bill titled "The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill" proposes to make the practice of triple talaq a criminal offence.

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The Hyderabad MP urged the Union Minister to hold consultations with the All India Muslim Personal Law Board, and elicit their opinion and suggestion on the proposed legislation.

The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2017, popularly known as the Triple Talaq Bill, seeks to give women the right to approach a magistrate to seek maintenance and make the practice of triple talaq a crime.

Under the draft law, 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. It also provides support to the family and custody of the child.

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Muslim women had been fighting for the law since time immemorial, asking the government to look into the plight of matter.

Soman said that as far as gender justice is concerned, triple talaq is not the only issue.

Cabinet minister Ravishankar Prasad that he can not discuss the details of the bills but it is a progressive bill which aims to solve the designated goal. We have yet to see the Bill if it is within the four corners of different nuances of the four-five judgments of that case.

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"This Bill is a beginning, but mere criminalisation of triple talaq is not the objective". Citing government sources, The Hindu added that after the judgement by the apex court, there have been 67 cases of triple talaq reported across the country. It remains to be seen what is the fate of the bill in the parliament.

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