Opposition to the practice of ‘immediate divorce’ prompts Cabinet to criminalize triple talaq
- Law and Justice Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad hailed moving as a historic decision
- New bill is intended to protect Muslim women in India
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A form of Islamic divorce used by Muslims in India is one step closer to being scrapped.
The government is set to criminalize instant triple talaq after the cabinet approves the proposal to introduce a bill to protect Muslim women, especially those prey to the present process, also known as talaq-e-biddat.
Union Minister of Justice and Law, Ravi Shankar Prasad, announced on Friday that the government has supported the bid to launch the 2017 Muslim Women (Protecting Rights to Marriage) bill in parliament.
A young Muslim woman, her face covered with a black hijab, in India
The bill, which immediately triple talaq recognize in any form – orally, in writing or electronically – will be expected to decompose, and will be a reality after getting the approval of both houses of parliament.
Prasad called it a historic decision, saying, “Many state governments have supported the move to introduce this bill.
“I cannot comment on the details of the bill or strategy to be followed in Parliament, except to confirm that this bill is intended to help the helpless victims of instant triple talaq.”
New Delhi: Ravi Shankar Prasad, Minister of Law and Justice of the Union, informs media after cabinet meeting in New Delhi
A Muslim woman passes a group of men in a street in old Delhi
Prasad added that it will be one of the measures that Cabinet decisions that will have an impact on the country’s long-term growth.
The bill, protecting Muslim women in India, will provide a subsistence allowance for the woman and her children – victims of instant triple talaq – and will bring cases from across the country into its scope, except those from Jammu and Kashmir.
According to sources, a person who resorts to his partner’s dissolution, who will be served a prison sentence of up to three years by this method and will also be fined.
The bill comes in the wake of SC’s decision in August this year, declaring the divorce by instant triple talaq illegal and unconstitutional.
As a result, the Union government formed an interministerial panel consisting of Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Interior Minister Rajnath Singh, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.