Govt approves draft legislation banning instant Triple Talaq

India: Cabinet OKs bill making 'instant divorce' illegal

The BMMA letter said in its national survey conducted in 2015, 92.1 per cent Muslim women backed a total ban on oral or unilateral divorce and 91.7 per cent opposed polygamy, while 83.3. per cent women said codification of Muslim family law will help Muslim woman get justice.

The West Bengal subcommittee of the Muslim Personal Law Board is urging the government to consult with Islamic scholars about the proposed bill, which they say would otherwise create discord. Orthodox and patriarchal males have dominated the debate on rights of muslim women and have stone-walled any attempt towards reform in Muslim personal law.

According to the draft law prepared by an inter- ministerial group headed by Home Minister Rajnath Singh, giving instant triple talaq will be "illegal and void" and will attract a jail term of three years for the husband.

The Supreme Court paved the way for the proposed bill after it ruled in August that it was unconstitutional to allow men invoke triple talaq - the practice of repeating the word "talaq", or "divorce", three times to annul one's marriage. The Union Cabinet met on Friday afternoon and cleared legislation for the same, and the new Bill is expected to be tabled in this Parliament session itself.

The court had also held that triple talaq was not integral to Islam. "I want triple talaq to be abolished all together", she told ANI.

All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul Muslimeen (AIMIM) president Asaduddin Owaisi, in a letter, on Friday.to Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said the bill brought by the centre to criminalise triple talaq is an attempt to demonise Muslims in the country. Judges agreed with Muslim women that "triple talaq", often delivered by their husbands over Skype or WhatsApp, violates their right to equality and leaves them destitute.

"We have neither seen the bill nor its content and its scope".

"The community is indulging in argument but that doesn't mean we will give up our constitutional and legal entitlement".

Last month, the Union government had written to all the States for their comments as it plans to introduce the Bill in the current session of Parliament. They have been at the forefront of any such bills or laws which affects their personal Muslim law. It is not the matter of BJP, Congress or any other political parties. The board should have solved it by themselves.

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