Triple Talaq Bill

Guwahati, July 26, 2019:

The much-debated Triple Talaq Bill was passed in the Lok Sabha on Thursday with a majority of 303 votes.

The Triple Talaq Bill- The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2019 was taken up for consideration to make the practice of instant divorce illegal with up to three years in jail for the husband.

The Congress, however, walked out to protest against the bill. Earlier, Janata Dal (United) and Trinamool Congress (TMC) MPs too walked out in protest against the bill criminalizing the instant divorce.

Reportedly, after the bill got passed, Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said that the implementation was needed for gender equality and justice since. He added Muslim women are divorced by “talaq-e-biddat” despite Supreme Court’s verdict on August 2017, striking down the instant divorce.

Triple Talaq, also known as talaq-e-biddat, instant divorce and talaq-e-mughallazah (irrevocable divorce), is a form of Islamic divorce which has been used by Muslims in India, especially adherents of Hanafi Sunni Islamic schools of jurisprudence. It allows any Muslim man to legally divorce his wife by stating the word talaq (the Arabic word for “divorce”) three times in oral, written, or more recently, electronic form.

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