New Delhi, December 28: Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Thursday tabled the bill in the Lok Sabha which makes instant triple talaq a punishable offence. The bill prohibits “any pronouncement (of divorce) by a person upon his wife by words, either spoken or written or in electronic form, or in any other manner”. Also Read - 100 Days Or 100 Months: Congress Will Continue To Fight Till Farm Laws Are Rolled Back, Says Priyanka Gandhi
The bill, prepared by an inter-ministerial group headed by Home Minister Rajnath Singh, makes instant triple talaq or talaq-e-biddat in any form “illegal and void” and provides for a jail term of three years for the husband. Also Read - At Janaushadhi Centres, Women Can Buy Sanitary Pads at Rs 2.5 | All You Need to Know
Opposing the bill, AIMIM MP Asaduddin Owaisi said, “This bill violates fundamental rights and lacks legal coherence. Also Muslims were not consulted over the bill.” Backing Owaisi, BJD MP Bhartruhari Mahtab said, “This bill is flawed. There are many internal contradictions in the bill.” Also Read - After PM Modi's Brigade Rally, BKU Leader Rakesh Tikait To Speak with Bengal Farmers on March 13
Defending the bill, Prasad said, “This law is for women’s rights and justice and not regarding any prayer, ritual or religion.”
Owaisi also gave a notice to oppose the introduction of Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage Bill) 2017 in the Lower House.
“I don’t think we can support it because they didn’t made us understand how this criminality of Triple Talaq will benefit women. If someone is lodged in prison as a punishment for saying Triple Talaq, who will take care of his family,” Congress leader Salman Khurshid said.
Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for a consensus in passage of the bill, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar has said. Briefing reporters on the proceedings of the BJP Parliamentary Party meeting, Kumar said the Prime Minister appealed for a consensus in passage of the ‘Muslim women Protection of Rights on Marriage’ Bill.
Kumar said today is a “historic day” as the government headed by Modi is bringing in the bill which is a major reform initiative.
The Union Cabinet has cleared the Bill earlier this month.
The bill is being introduced as the practice still continued despite the Supreme Court striking down ‘talaq-e- biddat’.
The proposed law would only be applicable to instant triple talaq and it would give power to the victim to approach a magistrate seeking “subsistence allowance” for herself and minor children.
With inputs from PTI