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NEW DELHI: The Government will introduce 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 for introduction in the Lok Sabha by Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today 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.

Asaduddin Owaisi, AIMIM President has given a notice to oppose the introduction of Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage Bill) 2017 in Lok Sabha.

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 said 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.

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 the magistrate 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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