Long give live the Indian Lower House for its decision of passing the controversial yet needed bill on ‘Triple Talaq’. Although the opposition members of the RJD, AIMIM, BJD, AIADMK and All India Muslim League stood against the bill, stating it as a faulty proposal. The house however passed it with majority making instant triple Talaq illegal and strengthening the woman’s position in such cases by sentencing the husband for 3 years of jail in case of such act being conducted by him. This step of the government has garnered both positive and negative support and response from the political as well as social crowd of the country
What is Triple Talaq?
As per Wikipedia, Triple Talaq which can also be called talaq-e-biddat, instant divorce and talaq-e-mughallazah (irrevocable divorce), is a form of Islamic divorce which was used by Muslims in India, especially adherents of Hanafi Sunni Islamic schools of jurisprudence. It allows any Muslim man to legally divorce his wife by stating the word Talaq (the Arabic word for “divorce”) three times in oral, written, or more recently, electronic form.
The use and status of triple talaq in India has been a subject of controversy and debate.
What is Triple Talaq bill?
-The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill if passed in the Rajya Sabha too, will only be applicable on the instant triple talaq and not on any other form of divorce.
-This bill has empowered the victim to seek a magistrate and demand allowance for herself as well as any minor child.
-The victim also has the right to seek the custody of her minor children from the magistrate.
-Under the law in the bill, instant triple talaq in all forms — whether spoken, in writing or by electronic means such as email, SMS and WhatsApp — will be ruled as illegal and stand null and void.
– The proposed law, like any other, will be applicable to the entire country except in Jammu and Kashmir.
The bill is now to be sent to the Rajya Sabha for consent before the President of India signs it into law. This step will bring a major impact in the empowering of women and strengthening their rights.