Triple Talaq: Cabinet approves ordinance making triple talaq punishable offence

New Delhi, Sep 19:  Updated: There is a new development in the Triple Talaq Bill, whose fate was hanging in uncertainty. With the General Elections round the corner, the government is in no mood to leave the fate of the BIll hanging. "Cabinet has today approved an ordinance on Triple Talaq," announced Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.

Law Minister RS Prasad says, "It's my serious charge with full sense of responsibility that a distinguished woman leader is ultimate leader of the Congress, yet barbaric inhuman Triple Talaq was not allowed to be ended by a Parliamentary law for pure vote bank politics", further adding, "The core component of this Ordinance is that an offence will be cognizable only when the FIR is filed by the victim wife or her close relations by blood or marriage."

Secondly, it's compoundable, it can be compromised only at the insistence of the wife upon appropriate terms and conditions as determined by the magistrate. Thirdly, a bail can be granted by the magistrate upon reasonable grounds but only after hearing the victim wife also, informed Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.

The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved an ordinance making triple talaq a punishable offence after the government failed to pass it through both houses of Parliament. The ordinance would have similar provisions as The Muslim Women Protection of Rights in Marriage Act, which was cleared by the Lok Sabha last year. There are two amendments in the  ordinance -- it provides for conditional bail for the accused, and the FIR can be filed by the victim or a family member of the victim.  The ordinance will now be sent to President Ram Nath Kovind for approval, following which it becomes law in the country.The Triple Talaq Bill covers instant triple talaq delivered in any form whether delivered orally, including telephone or a mobile call, or in writing or through electronic medium like Watsapp or SMS illegal.The Supreme Court had in a verdict in August last year declared instant triple talaq illegal and unconstitutional.The bill had faced a stiff resistance in the Rajya Sabha where several Opposition lawmakers argued that it must be sent to a Select Committee for close scrutiny.In view of the growing Opposition to the proposed legislation, the Centre had even sought the opinion of all state governments on the subject, and, most of them had supported it.The bill makes instant "triple talaq" a criminal offence and proposes a three-year jail term for a Muslim man who divorces his wife by uttering the word "talaq" thrice.