In a historic decision, the Union Cabinet promulgated an ordinance for the jail term for Muslim men who resort to giving Triple Talaq to their wives. This ordinance was introduced as the Muslim Woman (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill 2017, popularly known as the Triple Talaq BIll, is currently stuck on the floor of the Parliament.
Law Minister RS Prasad announced the ordinance in a press conference and charged Congress for not bringing an end to this barbaric practice. This ordinance criminalises the practice of verbal divorce among Muslim men. The Ordinance will now be sent to President Ram Nath Kovind for his signature which will finally result in the poromulgation of the ordinance into a law. Once implemented, the law will stand for six months within which it will have to be brought back to parliament for legislative approval.
However, the Congress criticised BJP government’s move. Party spokersperson Randeep Surjewala said, “Modi government not making this an issue for justice for Muslim women, but making this into a political issue.”
Law minister Ravishankar Prasad slammed the Congress for opposing the bill. “It’s my serious charge with full sense of responsibility that a distinguished woman leader is ultimate leader of the Congress, yet barbaric inhuman Triple Talaq was not allowed to be ended by a Parliamentary law for pure vote bank politics,” Prasad said.
The decision came a month after the government had approved certain safeguards in it such as adding a provision of bail for the accused before trial. On August 9, the Union Cabinet had approved three amendments to the ‘Muslim Women Protection of Rights on Marriage Bill’ which has been cleared by Lok Sabha and pending approval of Rajya Sabha.
The government was unable to pass the Triple Talaq bill during the Monsoon Session and the Budget Session of Parliament. After amendments, the law will remain “non-bailable” and accused can approach a magistrate even before trial to seek bail.