The Union Cabinet on Friday approved a Bill that makes instant triple talaq or talaq-e-biddat a criminal offence and a Muslim husband resorting to instant talaq can be jailed for up to three years.
The government intends to introduce the Bill in the winter session of Parliament that got under way on Friday. “I cannot discuss details of the Bill. All I can say is that it aims to provide a shield to the helpless victims of triple talaq,”said Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.
Last month, the Law Ministry had written to all the States for their comments and asked them to revert urgently.
“Many States have supported the Bill,” said the Law Minister, without indicating if any Opposition-ruled State disapproved of the move.
The proposed Muslim Women Protection of Rights on Marriage Bill will deal with complaints against instant triple talaq across the country, except Jammu and Kashmir.
The issue of ending instant triple talaq was part of the BJP’s political campaign in the Uttar Pradesh elections and on Friday Prime Minister Narendra Modi is said to have told his colleagues that it was a ‘historic move’ to ensure gender justice.
The Congress said it supports progressive laws that stop practices like instant triple talaq but would comment on the proposed Bill only after the contents are made public.