The landmark bill has now been passed in the Lok Sabha that makes instant “triple talaq” a criminal offence. A three-year jail term has been conditioned for a Muslim man who utters the word “talaq” thrice to divorce his wife. The bill would be introduced in the Rajya Sabha, on Monday or Tuesday, where it may face opposition from several parties.
Here are the top 10 advancements in this story:
- As per the Government, it is a “historic day for India.” Prime Minister said that he hopes the bill will be passed in both the houses of parliament with majority support.
- Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, emphasized on passing the bill “for the sisters of the Muslim community” and further added that the bill was introduced after the Supreme Court called triple talaq illegal.
- Several parties like Biju Janata Dal, AIADMK and the Trinamool Congress have abstained from voting and opposed the bill.
- AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi declared that the bill does injustice to Muslim women and sought six amendments to it in the Lok Sabha.
- The Congress came in support of the Triple Talaq but wants some other changes in the bill.
- As per sources, the main opposition party is likely to seek amendments to the bill in the Rajya Sabha.
- The Government side is already weak in the Rajya Sabha, with the bill being opposed by government-friendly parties like the Biju Janata Dal and AIADMK.
- Parliamentary affairs minister Ananth Kumar said that the government is trying to evolve a consensus on the bill.
- The Supreme Court ruled “Triple Talaq” as unconstitutional. Muslim women had petitioned that husbands divorcing them through “Triple Talaq” by Skype and WhatsApp violated their rights.
- Ravi Shankar Prasad, noting the continuation despite Supreme Court’s order, said that only a law can completely ban Triple Talaq.