Triple talaq bill has been passed by Parliament: BJP calls it victory of gender justice
The triple talaq bill was passed by Parliament on Tuesday. It’s big victory for Modi government. the Upper house passed the bill by 99 votes in favour and 84 in against.
Scrapping of the practice has been one of the main planks of the BJP, whose government at the Centre led by PM Narendra Modi, promulgated a number of Ordinances after failing to get the legislation through the Rajya Sabha where it lacked adequate numbers.
The Centre secured Rajya Sabha’s clearance for the landmark bill helped by support from the BJD, walkout by BJP allies JD(U) and AIADMK and some abstentions to get Parliament’s approval for the contentious legislation.
The passage of the Muslim Women Bill was a major legislative success for the BJP-led NDA in the opposition-dominated Upper House where it lacks majority.
The Lok Sabha had passed the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2019 last week.
Under the Muslim Women Bill, divorcing through instant triple talaq will be illegal, void and could attract a jail term of three years for the husband.
Under the proposed law, a Muslim woman against whom talaq has been declared, is entitled to seek subsistence allowance from her husband for herself and also for her dependent children.
A Muslim woman, against whom triple talaq is uttered, is entitled to seek custody of her minor children.
The BJP hailed the passage of the triple talaq bill by Parliament as a step that will help correct a historic wrong done to Muslim women, even as the Congress questioned the relevance of criminalising the practice.