The Union Cabinet today approved inclusion of a provision of granting bail to men accused of giving instant triple talaq to their wives. While the offence continues to remain non-bailable, the latest provision makes it permissible for a magistrate to grant bail to the accused.
The triple talaq bill aims to “set aside” the centuries-old practice of instant divorce by men.The proposed law would only be applicable on instant triple talaq or ‘talaq-e-biddat’ and it would give power to the victim to approach a magistrate seeking “subsistence allowance” for herself and minor children.
Besides these, a woman can also seek the custody of her minor children from the magistrate who will take a final call on the issue. The ‘Muslim Women Protection of Rights on Marriage Bill’ was cleared by Lok Sabha and is pending in Rajya Sabha where the government lacks numbers. Provision of bail was one of the demands of the opposition parties.
The Modi government has been trying to get the Triple Talaq bill cleared in the Upper House. Recently, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad had written to Congress chief Rahul Gandhi regarding the Bill.