In what comes as a historic decision, PM Modi-led central government cleared the promulgation of the Triple Talaq ordinance which criminalises the practice of verbal divorce among Muslim men.
The government approved the ordinance after it could not be tabled in the Rajya Sabha due to lack of consensus last month during the monsoon session of the Parliament even as the Union Cabinet had approved an amendment to the Bill.
The ordinance would have similar provisions as The Muslim Women Protection of Rights in Marriage Act, popularly known as triple talaq Bill, which was cleared by the Lok Sabha in December last year.
The bill makes instant triple talaq a criminal offence and proposes a three-year jail term for a Muslim man who divorces his wife by uttering the word “talaq” thrice.
It has provisions for imprisonment and fine for anyone invoking it.
It covers instant triple talaq delivered in any form ? whether delivered orally, including telephone or a mobile call, or in writing or through electronic medium like Watsapp or SMS ? illegal.
Once implemented, the law will stand for six months within which it will have to be brought back to parliament for legislative approval.
The bill had faced a stiff resistance in the Rajya Sabha where several Opposition lawmakers argued that it was drafted quote unquote shoddily and must be sent to a Select Committee for close scrutiny.
The bill had become a political flash point as the Congress and certain other opposition parties opposed to certain provisions of the bill, including the three-year jail term