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The government introduced a bill to criminalise triple talaq or instant divorce among Muslims in the Lok Sabha today.

The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill is listed was introduced in the Lok Sabha by Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.

Earlier today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for a consensus in passage of the bill on making instant triple talaq a punishable offence.

The bill, prepared by an inter-ministerial group headed by Home Minister Rajnath Singh, makes instant triple talaq or talaq-e-biddat in any form — spoken, in writing or by electronic means such as email, SMS and WhatsApp — “illegal and void” and provides for a jail term of three years for the husband.

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Like SC said dowry law was being misused and instant arrest must not be done, can we be confident that same will not be done in Triple Talaq cases? I think we need to discuss this: Supriya Sule, NCP MP

Talaq-e-biddat has nothing to do with religion. It is customary. There should be a law for maulavis witnessing this kind of talaq: Meenakshi Lekhi

It is high time we do away practices that oppress women. Those opposing the law against triple talaq are speaking language of personal law: Lekhi

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It is high time we do away practices that oppress women. Those opposing the law against triple talaq are speaking language of personal law: Lekhi

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When the SC judgment came, we welcomed it. Today, the Law Minister has brought the triple talaq bill which takes a civil issue like divorce and turns it into a criminal law. The government says it will act as a deterrent. The bill talks about right to subsistence allowance, how will the government ensure she gets it? We are asking these questions since Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad disagreed to a standing committee: Congress MP Sushmita Dev.

I thank Kharge ji for supporting the govt on Triple Talaq Bill. Whatever suggestions they have they should tell us here, if fine we can incorporate them in the law: Ravi Shankar Prasad

Send the bill to the standing committee. All party people will be present there. Give some time, an elaborate consultation of the bill needs to take place. All of us are supporting this bill, but there are certain lacunae which should and can be rectified in the standing committee, we can sit together and sort out in a time bound manner: Kharge

All of us are supporting this bill, but there are certain lacunae which should and can be rectified in the standing committee, we can sit together and sort out in a time bound manner: Mallikarjun Kharge, Congress in Lok Sabha

The triple talaq bill should not be seen through the prism of politics and neither should be linked with any religious motive or vote-bank politics: Prasad

When Islamic countries have regulated provisions of triple talaq then why can’t we a secular nation do it? We are not interfering in Shariat: RS Prasad

About 100 cases of triple talaq have come to light after Supreme Court’s verdict: Ravi Shankar Prasad

“Even countries like Pakistan have regulated triple talaq. A large number of other Islamic countries have regulated triple talaq as well. If they can do so, why can’t we as a secular country do so?” asks Ravi Shankar Prasad

We must understand pain of Muslim women. Today morning I read news that a woman in Rampur was given talaq by her husband just because she woke up late: Ravi Shankar Prasad

The Supreme Court had termed Triple Talaq as a ‘sin’: R S Prasad

This law is for women’s rights and justice and not regarding any prayer, ritual or religion: Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad in Lok Sabha

This bill is flawed, there are many internal contradictions in the Bill :BJD MP Bhartruhari Mahtab in Lok Sabha

RJD raises questions on the proposed three-year jail term.

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I don’t think we can support it because they didn’t made us understand how this criminality of Triple Talaq will benefit women. If someone is lodged in prison as a punishment for saying Triple Talaq, who will take care of his family: Salman Khurshid, Congress

PM Narendra Modi appeals for consensus in passing bill on triple talaq at BJP Parliamentary Party meet: Union Minister Ananth Kumar

Congress says it supports the triple talaq bill, but questions the proposal of jail term.

Several Opposition parties, including Congress, Left and BJD, and various Muslim organisations have expressed reservations over the proposed jail term for violators.

The government is resolute to press ahead with the bill in the Lok Sabha where it has a strong majority. However, some Opposition parties have demanded that the proposed law be scrutinised by a parliamentary committee in view of the objections raised by several quarters over criminalisation of triple talaq.

The bill was cleared by the Union Cabinet earlier this month.

The bill was listed for introduction last week, but Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar later told reporters that it would be introduced this week.

As per the provisions of the bill, the husband could also be fined and the quantum of fine would be decided by themagistrate hearing the case.

The bill is being introduced as the practice still continued despite the Supreme Court striking down ‘talaq-e-biddat’.

The proposed law would only be applicable to instant triple talaq and it would give power to the victim to approach a magistrate seeking “subsistence allowance” for herself and minor children.

The woman can also seek the custody of her minor children from the magistrate who will take a final call on the issue.

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