Triple Talaq bill to be introduced in Rajya Sabha today

Triple Talaq bill to be introduced in Rajya Sabha today

Triple Talaq bill to be introduced in Rajya Sabha today

On Thursday, the Lok Sabha passed the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2017, that proposes to make instant triple talaq a non-bailable offence with a three-year jail term for guilty husbands.

According to media reports, a woman Ayesha Khatun has approached local police station after her husband Kasif pronounced triple talaq in one go upon her and abandoned her.

This bill follows the India Supreme Court's [official website] 3-2 ruling [judgment, PDF] in August declaring the triple talaq as "not integral to religious practice" and a violation of "constitutional morality".

Though the congress had suggested that the bill be referred to the standing committee of parliament, the party did not press for it.

"The demand to declare triple talaq illegal was made by several women forums as they recognise it as a way to victimise women who do not have any back up support".

The government lacks a majority in the upper house and is making efforts for the bill's smooth passage by reaching out to some opposition parties.

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Engineer Salim said, "The government declared that it is introducing a Bill regarding the Shariah laws". He also said the Congress also stands exposed by not opposing the bill. Since the Supreme Court has set aside triple talaq, it no longer dissolves the marriage, and thus, causes no harm at all. "We have certain suggestions to solidify this law in order to protect the rights of these women", he said.

There is also a provision of imprisonment for a term, which may extend to three years and fine for violators.

Former Bihar minister Dr. Abdul Ghafoor also criticized the Triple Talaq bill saying it was not acceptable as it "took away freedom from the women".

Since 1984, Muslim women have been raising issues relating to triple talaq and drawing the attention of lawmakers to various aspects of the Quran and what it provides for.

The bill gives legal right to Muslim women against talaq-e-biddat or instant triple talaq. The Union Law Minister has said that the government wants to improve the lot of the Muslim women in the country. We will not allow any modification in the Shariat Law because it is clearly a ploy by the government to fill the prisons with Muslims on the basis of this new bill.

The same opportunity had come in 1985 when the Shah Bano case happened, but was lost by the then Central government, they claimed.

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