New Delhi: Months after the Supreme Court struck down the Muslim practice of instant divorce; the triple talaq bill was introduced in Lok Sabha on Thursday by law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.
Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in the BJP parliamentary meeting, called for a consensus in the passage of the bill on making instant triple talaq a punishable offence, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar said.
“The Prime Minister appealed for a consensus in passage of the ‘Muslim women Protection of Rights on Marriage’ Bill,” Kumar said while addressing reporters.
Prasad tabled the triple talaq bill or the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill 2017, that criminalises the practice of instant triple talaq among Muslims, in the lower house, calling it a “historic day” amid opposition to its introduction by members of different parties, including RJD, AIMIM, BJD and All India Muslim League.
The Bill aims to protect the rights of married Muslim women and to prohibit divorce by pronouncing talaq by their husbands and to provide for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.
“This law is for women’s rights and justice,” the Law Minister said while introducing the bill in the House.
However, in the Lok Sabha on Thursday, the bill was opposed, with parties calling the bill “unconstitutional” and said the bill lacked legal coherence.