AIMPLB strikes cautious note on Triple Talaq Bill

AIMPLB strikes cautious note on Triple Talaq Bill

AIMPLB strikes cautious note on Triple Talaq Bill

The Cabinet cleared a draft law that criminalises instant "Triple Talaq", a divorce practice among Muslims on Friday, ahead of it being taken up during the Parliament's Winter Session.

The government has justified the urgent need to bring the bill as the practice still continues despite the Supreme Court striking down instant triple talaq.

Triple Talaq has become an epidemic for Muslim women in the recent times, one of whom when appealed against the existence of the loathed practice, the entire nation joined the campaign. It would be a non-bailable, cognisable offence.

Still, even after the verdict from the supreme court, there have been instances of Triple Talaq across the country and in a recent case, a man divorced his wife on whatsapp on the doubt that she was having an affair with someone else. "It is therefore absurd that a special law is being considered when existing legislation would be sufficient to provide appropriate remedies to Muslim women at the receiving end of triple talaq", he said.

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The Supreme Court, in its verdict on instant triple talaq, had banned the practice. The draft bill will also recommend the right to seek compensation and maintenance for children.

Giving instant triple talaq will be illegal and void and will attract a jail term of three years for the husband, according to the new law.

"We also want a codified Muslim family law that would be within the ambit of the Quran and comply with the Constitution of India, somewhat on the lines of the Hindu Code law and the Christian Personal Law that was also reformed with regard to gender equity", she said. Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad refused to give details of the Bill at a media briefing on the ground that Parliament was in session.

After that, a draft law was prepared and sent to all the states on December 1, who were asked to reply by December 10, according to The Times of India.

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