The NDA government has cleared the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2017, that seeks to make instant triple talaq (Talaq-e-biddat) illegal and a punishable offence. The bill to make Talaq-ebiddat void and illegal has provisions for imprisonment and fine for anyone invoking it.
The bill will cover 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.
In August, the Supreme Court said in a landmark ruling that the practice of Muslim men uttering "talaq" three times for an instant divorce is unconstitutional. The proposed bill, called the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, is a "priority agenda" for the government, people familiar with the matter said. Home Minister Rajnath Singh led a group of ministers to draft the bill.
Mulayam Singh Yadav's Samajwadi Party and the Trinamool Congress, who count on Muslim voters, have argued against a ban, and said reform should be encouraged from within the community and not imposed on it. However, they have endorsed the Supreme Court verdict.
Many Muslim countries have banned "triple talaq", including Pakistan and conservative Saudi Arabia. Twitterati welcomed the decision and also responded in a positive way. Have a look:
— Raeesa Bukhary (@raeesisays) December 15, 2017
Asaddudin Owaisi opposes the #TripleTalaq bill, calls it politicised, writes to authorities to call it off. What better is expected of a regressive loser who has grown up reading that women are Satan and worse than cattle.
— Sonam Mahajan (@AsYouNotWish) December 15, 2017
कुछ मौलाना तलाक बंदी का विरोध इसलिए कर रहे की सेटिंग करते वक़्त जो हलाला का चढ़ावा मिलता था वो अब नही मिलेगा#TripleTalaq
— राष्ट्रीय अध्यक्ष (@king_ranjhna) December 15, 2017
— Mohit Yadav,IFS (@mohitfreedom) December 15, 2017
Its Historic !
Hindu Party BJP Clears Bill to Ban the Practice of Instant #TripleTalaq among Muslims !
Which Secular Congress Party Couldn't Do it in Last 70 Yrs !
Thanks to PM Modi , Next is Uniform Civil Code !! pic.twitter.com/Lgl7WPL4lH
— Mahesh Joshi MJ (@MaheshJoshi_MJ) December 15, 2017
"Hindutva" Modi clears bill to make instant #TripleTalaq illegal. Yes, real leaders don't need to wear Jaalidaar Topi and throw Iftar parties for Showbaazi and keep fooling Muslim "votebank"
— गीतिका (@ggiittiikkaa) December 15, 2017
#TripleTalaq is just a trailer!
Waiting for the movie named 'Uniform Civil Code'.
RT if you want Uniform Civil Code in India!
— Anit Ghosh (@Indianit07) December 15, 2017