Triple Talaq Bill: Congress says it will support, but will raise the issue of criminal provisions


New Delhi, Dec 28: At one point it appeared that like many Bills, which are introduced but never see the light of the day, the much awaited Bill, which is all set to create a history in India, the Triple Talaq Bill, will also go the same ill-fated way. But there is a ray of hope with Congress assuring that it will support the Bill in Parliament but will raise the issue of criminal provisions in the bill, say sources.

Bill to prohibit divorce by triple talaq and protect rights of married Muslim women introduced in the Lok Sabha. Debate on the bill happening now. It will will be considered in the Rajya Sabha after the Lok Sabha debate. Opposition raises questions on the Bill. The Bill was tabled by Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad in the Lok Sabha who said, "we are about to make history. This law is for women's rights and justice and not regarding any prayer, ritual or religion." Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar has said that the bill on Triple Talaq is aimed to give gender justice, protection and respect to Muslim women. The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill 2017 seeks to criminalise the practice of triple talaq. The draft bill says, "Any pronouncement of talaq by a person upon his wife, by words, either spoken or written or in electronic form or in any other manner whatsoever, shall be void and illegal". There is also a provision of imprisonment for a term, which may extend to three years and fine for violators. The draft bill also envisages entitling divorcee Muslim women for maintenance.It also has a provision for the divorcee Muslim women to have the custody of their minor children.  The offences under the purview of this bill will be cognisable and non-bailable.The Bill shall extend to the whole of India except Jammu and Kashmir. 

News24Bureau with Agencies