Cabinet nod to bill on banning triple talaq

Triple talaq worse than murder BJP minister Giriraj Singh

India: Cabinet OKs bill making 'instant divorce' illegal

Triple talaq - the practice of Muslim men uttering talaq three times for an instant divorce - is worse than murder, said BJP minister Giriraj Singh on Friday.

In the row of Discussion of a Muslim woman (Protection of marriage rights) bill, i.e. on the draft of the triple divorce bill discussed in the Cabinet meeting on Friday at the first day of winter session of Parliament.

The Supreme Court had on August 22 struck down triple talaq, calling the practice unconstitutional and in violation of Article 14 of the Constitution, which provides for equality before the law.

The draft law also proposes a three year jail term for the husband, PTI quoted a senior government functionary as saying. The other members include External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and his junior in the ministry PP Chaudhary.

Reacting to the developments, president of All India Muslim Women Personal Law Board (AIMWPLB) Shaista Amber said that the Centre did not talk to Muslim organisations, while preparing the draft. It would be a non-bailable, cognisable offence.

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In April, a 5-judge bench of the top court said triple talaq isn't intrinsic to the Quran.

She can seek subsistence allowance for herself and dependent children, as well as custody of minor children. However, government sources say, data suggests that even after the judgement, there have been 67 cases of instant divorce.

It holds triple talaq in any form-verbal, written or send through electronic means such as an SMS or email - as "illegal and void".

According to the present law, a victim of the practice can approach the land of law but the absence of punitive provisions doesn't allow the Police to take action against the Husband. "Before the judgment this year, there were 177 reported cases of Talaq-e-biddat".

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