Union Cabinet approves ordinance on Triple Talaq

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New Delhi: The Union cabinet is learnt to have cleared an ordinance to make the practice of instant triple talaq a penal offence, Law Ministry sources said Wednesday.

The ‘Muslim Women Protection of Rights on Marriage Bill’ was cleared by the Lok Sabha and is pending in the Rajya Sabha where the government lacks numbers.

The Supreme Court last year banned the practice. But since the practice was still prevalent, a bill was brought to make it a penal offence.

The bill to criminalise talaq-e-biddat was passed by the Lok Sabha in the winter session of Parliament but got stuck in the Raj with the opposition parties having reservations over criminal provisions in the draft law.

In view of the growing opposition to the legislation, the government in August approved three amendments to the ‘Muslim Women Protection of Rights on Marriage Bill’.

According to the new amendments, the proposed law will remain “non-bailable”, and the accused can approach a magistrate even before trial to seek bail.

The SC had in a verdict in August last year declared instant triple talaq illegal and unconstitutional.

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