The Lok Sabha on Thursday passed a Triple Talaq bill to make instant Triple Talaq illegal and void and awarding a jail term of three years for the husband.
Law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad introduced the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill,calling it a “historic day” amid opposition to its introduction by members of different parties,including RJD,AIMIM,BJD and All India Muslim League.
The Triple Talaq law is about justice and respect for women and is not about any religion or community,he said,adding that practice of instant Triple has continued despite the supreme court order terming it void.
The law would only be applicable on instant Triple Talaq or Talaq -e-biddat and give power to the victim to approach a magistrate seeking “subsistence allowance”for her self and minor children.
The women can also seek the custody of her minor children from the megistrate who will take a final call on the issue.
Under Triple Talaq law,instant Triple Talaq in any form spoken,in writing or by electronic means such as Email,SMS and WhatsApp would be bad or illegal and void.
According to the Triple Talaq law,which would be applicable to the entire nation except Jammu and Kashmir,giving instant Talaq would attract a jail term of three years and a fine.it would be non bailable offence.Now the bill needs to be passed by the Rajya Sabha.
Reactions on Triple Talaq Bill:
BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi :Bill had been brought to give Muslim Women “instant relief”.
Congress MP Sushmita Dev : Women’s equality is not an idea but a right.The entire nation is waiting for the women’s reservation bill.
Congress leader Salman Khurshid:The proposed law will be an “intrusion”into the personal lives of individuals and bring divorce,a civil issue,into the realm of criminal law.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh: it’s a historic day,we are confident that it will be passed in Rajya Sabha as well.
B Mahtab (BJD): Farming of Bill “Faulty and Flawed”.
CPM leader Brinda Karat: Triple Talaq bill being pushed through without consulting women.
Asaduddin Owaisi,AIMIM: Triple Talaq bill not give justice to muslim women but will lead to more injustice.
AIMPLB: Will take steps through democratic means to “amend,improve or Scrap” triple Talaq bil.
M J Akbar,BJP: Muslim women will no longer live under fear of Talaq.