Cabinet clears triple talaq bill

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The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, also known as the Triple Talaq bill, will be picked up in the winter session of the Parliament which began on Friday.

Triple Talaq has become an epidemic for Muslim women in the recent times, one of whom when appealed against the existence of the loathed practice, the entire nation joined the campaign.

The draft law also proposes a three year jail term for the husband, PTI quoted a senior government functionary as saying.

The bill will be tabled in the Parliament three months after the Supreme Court judgment pronouncing triple talaq as unconstitutional and void, and asking the government to bring in a law to curb the practice.

Instant triple talaq in any form - oral, written or electronic form - has been banned and made a cognisable offence.

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The law making instant triple talaq illegal will be applicable everywhere across India, with the exception of Jammu and Kashmir. The legislation would give power to the victim to approach a magistrate seeking "subsistence allowance" for herself and minor children.

The Congress may oppose a proposed legislation criminalising instant triple talaq if it is in violation of a Supreme Court judgement on the matter, party spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi said on Friday. However, since this is not a constitutional bill, it will require the backing of a simple majority. It is on this basis, the practice of concurrent talaq has been termed invalid in most of the Muslim countries.

"We also want a codified Muslim family law that would be within the ambit of the Quran and comply with the Constitution of India, somewhat on the lines of the Hindu Code law and the Christian Personal Law that was also reformed with regard to gender equity", she said.

The verdict vindicates the stand of the government, which had said triple talaq "violates" fundamental rights of women.