New Delhi: The Union Cabinet on Tuesday approved an ordinance on Triple Talaq, news agency ANI reported. A bill which seeks to make the practice of talaq-e-biddat void, is pending in Rajya Sabha. The bill will lapse on June 3 with the dissolution of the present Lok Sabha.

Once signed by President Ram Nath Kovind, the triple talaq ordinance will come into force for the third time in less than one year. An ordinance has a shelf life of just six months. It has to be replaced by a bill passed by Parliament within 42 days from the day the session begins, or it lapses. The government can re-promulgate the ordinance if the bill fails to get through Parliament. (Also Read: Triple Talaq Debate in Lok Sabha: Who Said What)

Addressing the reporters, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said that the cabinet also approved the promulgation of the Companies (Second Amendment) Ordinance 2019 and for replacement of the said Ordinance in Parliament by a replacement Bill.

Among other key decisions, Cabinet also approved a proposal for promulgation of Indian Medical Council (Amendment Second Ordinance-2019), also approves additional DA of 3% over the existing rate of 9% to govt. employees and dearness relief to pensioners from 1.1.2019.

Cabinet also approved construction of Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS) Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut covering a distance of 82.15 kms. (68.03 kms. elevated and 14.12 km. underground) at a total completion cost of Rs. 30,274 crores.

The decision was taken as the bills concerning in these subjects were passed in Lok Sabha but could not be passed in the Rajya Sabha and thus have lapsed.

Interesting, Triple Talaq bill was passed in the Lower House last year in December. The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2017 criminalises Triple Talaq or instant divorce and has provision for a maximum three-year jail term and fine for practicing Triple Talaq. It also gives Muslim women the right to seek maintenance and right to child’s custody.  (Also Read: Triple Talaq: Asaduddin Owaisi Slams Ravi Shankar Prasad, Says Government Has Vested Interest)

The Supreme Court had last year ruled as unconstitutional the divorce procedure known as “triple talaq,” in which a Muslim man can instantly leave his wife by simply uttering the Arabic word “talaq” – which means divorce – three times.

Thereafter, the government in September 2018 promulgated an ordinance declaring “triple talaq” as illegal and void, that can be punishable with a jail term of three years for the husband.