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Govt Introduces Triple Talaq Bill In Lok Sabha, Wants It To Be Passed Today

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| December 28 , 2017 , 15:08 IST

The Union government on Thursday introduced the Triple Talaq Bill in Lok Sabha. Introducing the bill, Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad called it a historic day.

The bill criminalises the practice of instant triple talaq or ‘talaq-e-biddat’ while proposing a three-year jail term and a fine for any Muslim man who indulges in the practice.

Opposing the bill AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi said the bill violates Fundamental rights and does not have legal coherence. He said that the Bill was not needed, as Triple Talaq was already illegal in the country.

He also gave a ‘Notice to oppose introduction of the Muslim Women (protection of rights on marriage0 Bill, 2017 under rule 72. In his letter Owaisi states that the bill initiates legislation outside the legislative competence of the house.

Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said that if the bill is not brought, many Muslim women won't be able to get justice. He pointed that despite the Supreme Court calling it illegal, many still suffer from this menace.

"Triple talaq is not a matter of faith or religion. It is an issue of gender justice, gender parity and gender dignity,” said Prasad.

In a press briefing, Congress leaders Randeep Surjewala, MP Ranjeeta Ranjan and MP Sushmita Dev said, “The Triple Talaq Bill is a significant Bill. Congress party has maintained that any action to protect a woman's rights is always encouraged. However, there are some issues the bill needs to clarify like whether the burden of proof of Triple Talaq lies on the wife”

BJD MP Bhartruhari Mahtab opposed the bill saying it was flawed and had several internal contradictions.

Interestingly the bill was only listed for introduction. However, the minister requested that the bill be passed today itself. This was allowed by the speaker giving Lok Sabha members just an hour for the amendements.