Rajya Sabha Passes Bill Criminalising Triple Talaq
The Triple Talaq Bill which aims to empower Muslim women has been a topic of debate in the country and has now been passed by the Rajya Sabha today. In a landmark decision, the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2019 declares instant triple talaq among Muslims as a criminal offense. For any Muslim husband who says “talaq” thrice to divorce his wife will face imprisonment up to three years, plus remuneration from him to his wife.
Popularly referred to as the Triple Talaq Bill, it garnered 99 ‘Yes’ votes and 84 members voted against it
The Bill advocates the cause of the women who are victims of instant divorce in India. Now that the bill is passed, it bans the practice of instant Triple Talaq in Islam; this bill was earlier passed by the Lok Sabha on July 25. It was tabled by Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.
“Our government is working towards inclusive development of all. We are bringing the Triple Talaq Law for the social, financial and constitutional empowerment of Muslim women in the country,” said Union Minister of Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi in the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday.
A historic day
“Today is a historic day,” Union Law Minister Prasad said after the Triple Talaq Bill was passed in the Rajya Sabha. “Both the Houses have given justice to Muslim women. This is the beginning of a transforming India,” said the Union Minister for Law & Justice.
“The Bill should not be seen from a political prism. It should not be seen as vote bank politics. It is an issue related to humanity…it is related to the dignity of the women…It is an issue of gender justice and equality,” Prasad said while introducing the Bill.
Triple talaq isn’t constitutional
Supreme Court last year banned the practice of ‘instant divorce’ by Muslim men. Yes, instant Triple Talaq stands revoked. It stated that the practice of triple talaq violated the constitutional rights of Muslim women.