Cabinet Clears Bill That Proposes To Make “Triple Talaq” Criminal Offence

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Abill that proposes to make the “triple talaq” a criminal offence was cleared by the union cabinet on December 14 and the government hopes to get parliament clearance for it during the short winter session that began from December 15 .

The proposed bill, called the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, is a “priority agenda” for the government, people familiar with the matter said. Home Minister Rajnath Singh led a group of ministers to draft the bill.The government’s seeking of a ban against “triple talaq” because it is derogatory and discriminatory against women.

Many Muslim countries have banned triple talaq including Pakistan and conservative Saudi Arabia. It survived in India because religious communities are allowed to apply their own laws in personal matters such as marriage, divorce and property inheritance.