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Lok Sabha passes the Triple Talaq Bill

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| December 28 , 2017 , 20:10 IST

The Triple Talaq bill that was introduced in the Lok Sabha this morning has been passed by the lower house of the Indian Parliament.

While all the MP’s agreed in principle with the idea of the Bill, most of the non-BJP MP’s had objections to certain provisions of the bill and the fact that the government didn’t give adequate time for a multi-stakeholder dialogue.



AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi was the sole MP opposing the bill in toto.

 

Highlights of the bill:

  • The Bill makes all declaration of talaq-e-biddat, including in written or electronic form, to be void and illegal.  Talaq-e-biddat refers to the practice under Muslim personal laws where pronouncement of the word ‘talaq’ thrice in one sitting by a Muslim man to his wife results in an instant and irrevocable divorce.
  • Offence and penalty:  The Bill makes declaration of talaq-e-biddat a cognizable and non-bailable offence with imprisoned for up to three years along with a fine.
  • Allowance:  A Muslim woman, against whom talaq-e-biddat has been declared, is entitled to seek subsistence allowance from her husband for herself and for her dependent children. 
  • Custody of minor children:  A Muslim woman against whom such talaq-e-biddat has been declared, is entitled to seek custody of her minor children. 

 

The Congress Party welcomed the Bill in principle but asked that the Bill be referred to the Standing Committee so that stakeholders and MP’s could discuss and give their inputs rather than bulldozing the bill.

Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge while supporting the idea of the bill requested the house that the bill be referred to the Standing committee so that discussions over this important legislation could take place.

Sushmita Dev, Congress MP from Silchar made sharp objections to the bill.

“You are criminalizing Triple Talaq & making it a bailable offence. The bill also says that maintenance will be given to women in case of Talaq. If the husband goes to jail, WHO will give the maintenance”, asked Dev.

Sushmita Dev said had there been more women MP’s ‘this bill full of holes would not see the light of the day’ and asked when the government will bring the Women’s Reservation Bill.

BJP MP Meenakashi Lekhi insisted that Muslim laws be codified so that regressive practices can be dealt with.

BJD MP Tathagata Satpathy questioned the way this bill will be implemented.

Anirudhan Sampath made sharp attacks at the government. “We men assume that we know what women should do and how they feel. When this bill was made, no women organizations were allowed to give their opinion. Women should have a say in such important matters!” said the CPI (M) MP from Attingal.

NCP MP Supriya Sule asked if the government could take a historic step for Triple Talaq why doesn’t it go one step ahead and bring a bill on marital rape. She also suggested that criminalizing Triple Talaq could create a hostile environment for a woman and end any scope for reconciliation once the husband is sent to jail.

Speaking on the bill Minister of State for external affairs MJ Akbar blasted the All India Muslim Personal Law Board “What is the credibility of All India Muslim Personal Law Board? Who chose them to be community representatives?” asked Akbar.

"I'm speaking as a Muslim. There is poison being spread that Islam is in danger. There is nothing that is in danger. Only a few Muslim men are feeling vulnerable. A true Muslim will never believe that Islam is in danger," he added.

All the amendments that were moved by non-NDA MP’s were defeated by voice vote and The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2017 was passed in Loksabha with voice vote. 

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