Triple Talaq Bill To Be Taken Up By Lok Sabha After Tweaks
By FnF Correspondent | PUBLISHED: 27, Dec 2018, 11:35 am IST | UPDATED: 27, Dec 2018, 11:37 am IST
NEW DELHI: A revised bill to make instant Triple Talaq a punishable offence is expected to be passed by the Lok Sabha today. The government considered a law on it after the Supreme Court said in August last year that the traditional method of Muslim men instantly divorcing their wives by uttering "Talaq" thrice was "unconstitutional" and "arbitrary". The proposed law suggests a three-year jail term for erring husbands. The revised bill was drafted after the first draft got stalled in Rajya Sabha in January and the opposition members suggested changes.
The proposed law makes "Triple Talaq" an offence with a jail term of up to three years and a fine for the husband, and makes the woman entitled to maintenance. It also addresses "nikah halala", a practice under which a divorced woman has to marry another man and consummate the marriage if she wants to remarry her husband.
The four-hour debate will begin in at 2 pm in the Lok Sabha. The BJP has asked its lawmakers to be present at full strength. Union law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad is expected to introduce the revised bill.
The opposition was against the criminalisation of Triple Talaq, arguing that it will be a disservice to Muslim women.
The government has refused to do away with the jail term for the husband, and the provision that only empowers a magistrate, and not a local police officer, to release him on bail. It has, however, introduced three amendments, or changes, to stop the misuse of the proposed law.
Under the revised bill, only a woman, or her close relative, can file a police case against her husband. A second amendment allows her to drop the case if the couple reaches a compromise.
A third amendment says the magistrate can decide on releasing the husband on bail only after hearing the wife.
In September, the government made instant Triple Talaq punishable through an ordinance or executive order. The proposed law will replace the ordinance.
On Friday, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan chaired a meeting of the Rules Committee which discussed a law to punish erring members with disciplinary action. The Speaker, however, said she expected the Lok Sabha to function smoothly for the passage of the Triple Talaq bill.