Triple Talaq Bill passed by Parliament: What does it mean?
The Upper House Passed The Bill By 99 Votes In Favour And 84 Against It. It Earlier Rejected An Opposition Sponsored Motion To Send The Bill To A Rajya Sabha Select Committee With 100 Votes Against It As Compared To 84 In Favour.
Parliament on Tuesday approved the bill that makes instant triple talaq a criminal offence, after the contentious legislation was passed by Rajya Sabha following non-aligned BJD extending support and NDA constituents JD-U and AIADMK walking out. Lok Sabha had passed the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill last week and with Rajya Sabha now approving it, the practice of instant divorce by Muslim men will be punishable by jail term of up to three years.
The Upper House passed the bill by 99 votes in favour and 84 against it. It earlier rejected an opposition sponsored motion to send the bill to a Rajya Sabha Select Committee with 100 votes against it as compared to 84 in favour.
Rajya Sabha passes Triple Talaq Bill: What does it mean?
- The Lok Sabha had passed the Bill last week and once granted assent by the President, the practice of Muslim men instantly divorcing their wives by uttering 'talaq' thrice will become a criminal offence, punishable by jail term of up to three years.
- The bill will replace an ordinance promulgated on February 21 to the same effect.
- The Triple Talaq Bill could not make it through the Upper House earlier this year during the first term of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government, although it was passed by Lok Sabha.
- The Bill was again passed by Lok Sabha last week amid a walkout by several opposition parties including the Congress and the Trinamool Congress.
- The opposition parties say in its current form, the proposed law could be misused to harass Muslims and wanted it to be reviewed by a parliamentary committee.
- The Triple Talaq Bill makes declaration of talaq-e-biddat or pronouncing talaq three times in spoken, written or through SMS or WhatsApp or any other electronic chat in one sitting illegal.
- Criminalising the offence, it gives a police officer powers to arrest the offender without requiring a warrant.
- To check misuse of cognisable nature of the offence, the triple talaq bill makes declaration of talaq-e-biddat only if the complaint is filed by the aggrieved woman or any of her relation by blood or marriage.
- A magistrate can grant bail only hearing the aggrieved woman.
- The aggrieved woman is entitled to demand a maintenance for her and her dependent children under the bill.
(With PTI inputs)
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First Published : 30 Jul 2019, 08:33:09 PM