Triple Talaq Bill passed by both houses of Parliament
The Muslim women (protection & rights on Marriage) bill, 2019 or triple talaq bill was passed by Rajya Sabha on July 30. The Bill was already passed in Lok Sabha on June 25, 2019. It was seen as great legislative success towards gender justice. The bill provisions make divorcing through instant triple talaq illegal and husband can be given jail for three years. PM Shri Narendra Modi thanked all the parties and MPs who have supported the passage of the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2019 in both Houses of Parliament. He said that they have risen to the occasion and this step of theirs will be forever remembered in India’s history.
In a series of tweets he said that “An archaic and medieval practice has finally been confined to the dustbin of history! Parliament abolishes Triple Talaq and corrects a historical wrong done to Muslim women. This is a victory of gender justice and will further equality in society. India rejoices today!”
He further tweeted that “This is an occasion to salute the remarkable courage of those Muslim women who have suffered great wrongs just due to the practice of Triple Talaq.The abolition of Triple Talaq will contribute to women empowerment and give women the dignity they deserve in our society.”
Union Home Minister and BJP National President Shri Amit Shah reacting on abolition of this evil practices said enactment of triple talaq bill by India`s parliament corrected a historic wrong.
The Bill makes all declaration of talaq, including in written or electronic form, to be void (i.e. not enforceable in law) and illegal.
The Bill makes declaration of talaq a cognizable offence, attracting up to three years’ imprisonment with a fine.
It provides that the Magistrate may grant bail to the accused. The bail may be granted only after hearing the woman (against whom talaq has been pronounced), and if the Magistrate is satisfied that there are reasonable grounds for granting bail.
The offence may be compounded by the Magistrate upon the request of the woman (against whom talaq has been declared).
A Muslim woman against whom talaq has been declared, is entitled to seek subsistence allowance from her husband for herself and for her dependent children. The amount of the allowance will be determined by the Magistrate.
A Muslim woman against whom such talaq has been declared, is entitled to seek custody of her minor children. The manner of custody will be determined by the Magistrate.