New Delhi: The Union Cabinet on Friday cleared a bill that makes instant triple talaq a criminal offence.
The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2017 stems from the recent Supreme Court verdict banning instant divorce. The bill proposes three-year jail term for guilty husbands and seeks to make instant triple talaq a cognisable, non-bailable offence.
The bill will now be introduced in the Parliament. The government intends to get the statute passed in the Winter Session of Parliament that began on Friday.
The draft was prepared by an inter-ministerial group headed by Home Minister Rajnath Singh. The other members included External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and his junior in the ministry P P Chaudhary.
The proposed law would give power to the victim to approach a magistrate seeking "subsistence allowance" for herself and minor children.
In August this year, the Supreme Court struck down triple talaq, or instant divorce, by a 3:2 verdict of the constitutional bench.
After six days of historic hearing, which saw some of the top lawyers argue whether triple talaq was essential to Islam or not, the SC was e of the view that triple talaq was not essential to Islam and therefore it should be banned.