A bill that makes instant triple talaq a criminal offence passed in India’s Lok Sabha

Amidst protests from a few political parties, including those close to the BJP, the Lok Sabha on Thursday passed by voice vote the Bill that makes instant triple talaq or talaq-e-biddat a criminal offence, with a jail term of up to three years, reported The Hindu.

The proposed law would be applicable to the entire country and not in Jammu and Kashmir. It would make instant talaq punishable and would be a cognizable, non-bailable offence.

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Historic step: Prasad

Calling it a historic step, Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said the Bill — The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill 2017 — will act as a deterrent since there have been 100 cases of triple talaq even after the landmark judgment of the Supreme Court delivered in August this year.

He said that while 22 Islamic countries, including Pakistan and Bangladesh, had regulated instant triple talaq, there was no effective law in India. Neither Prime Minister Narendra Modi nor Congress president Rahul Gandhi was present in the Lok Sabha when the Bill was passed.

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