The Union Cabinet approved an ordinance making Triple Talaq a punishable offence on Wednesday. The bill, named the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2017, seeks to protect the rights of Muslim women when they are subjected to instant divorce in the form of triple talaq. Under the Islamic Law, a man can end his marriage immediately after he utters ‘talaq’ thrice.
Speaking to the media, Union Minister of Law and Justice and Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad said that making triple talaq punishable has nothing to do with religion. “It is purely an issue of gender justice, gender dignity and gender equality,” he said.
The bill was passed in the Lok Sabha in 2017. It was deferred to the next session in the Rajya Sabha due to a lack of consensus among the political parties on the provisions and is still pending.
Here are five important things to know about the ordinance passed on Wednesday:
The Supreme Court had in fact struck down the practice of triple talaq calling it unconstitutional. In a landmark verdict, the apex court disagreed that triple talaq was an integral part of religious practice and found it un-Islamic and “arbitrary”.
Reacting to this move, Asaduddin Owaisi, the President of the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) has called the ordinance unconstitutional since it is made only for Muslim women. He also expressed that in Islam marriage is a civil contract and bringing penal provisions into it is wrong.