Triple talaq: Govt plans to make practice a punishable offence, likely to table Bill in winter session

Three months after the Supreme Court set aside the centuries-old practice of instant triple talaq or talaq-e-biddat in which Muslim men divorce their wives by uttering talaq three times in quick succession, the government has taken the first step to consider a legislation that will make triple talaq a criminal offence. A Bill to this effect is likely to be tabled in the winter session of Parliament.
“The government is contemplating making talaq-e-biddat a criminal offence. Very serious consideration is being given by the government,” a senior government functionary said Tuesday.
A committee of ministers has been constituted to finetune the legislation, the official said. The committee comprises Home Minister Rajnath Singh, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi.


Modi Govt. Mulling Law To End Triple Talaq

The government is considering bringing a legislation in the winter session of Parliament to put an end to instantaneous triple talaq, a Muslim way of divorce which is still in practice despite the Supreme Court striking it down. A ministerial committee has been set up to propose a suitable legislation or amend existing penal provisions, which would make instantaneous triple talaq an offence, government functionaries said today.As the law stands today, a victim of talaq-e-biddat or instant triple talaq would have no option but to approach the police for redressal of her grievance as a Muslim clergy would be of no assistance to her.Even police are helpless as no action can be taken against the husband in the absence of punitive provisions in the law, they explained.The ministerial committee has been constituted to frame a new law or an amendment bill, and the government plans to bring this legislation in the winter session of Parliament, the functionaries said.


This Man Ignored Supreme Court Order defiantly, sets dangerous precedent

Despite the Supreme Court banning the Islamic divorce practice of Triple Talaq, a 27-year-old woman from Hyderabad was given divorce by her husband over phone by pronouncing Talaq thrice.
The woman, Atiya Begum, a resident of Puranapul, had married Sheik Sardar Mazhar on October 18. Mazhar was a property agent and was in a relationship with her for nearly 11 years. However, the marriage didn’t even last a month, as Mazhar ‘divorced’ her on November 13 through phone and has been unreachable since then, said Atiya.On Friday, Atiya approached Kulsumpura police station and filed a case against Mazhar. However, police referred her case to the Bharosa Centre for counselling.Speaking to Times of India, Atiya said, “He claimed he was already married and did not want to stay with me. Then, he uttered Talaq thrice. I waited for four days, tried to convince him, but he does not want to talk.”Atiya had also claimed that she had given Mazhar Rs. 2 lakh between 2013 to 2016. Atiya’s sister Asma Begum said, “It was love marriage. My sister knew Mazhar since 2006. He would ask for money almost every month, citing financial problems. My sister never said no and gave money.”Kulsumpura inspector R M Ram Mohan Rao, told TOI, “The couple has to undergo counselling at Bharosa Centre. Based on the recommendations of the centre, we will proceed further.”Despite police referring the case to Bharosa centre for counselling. The woman said that Mazhar wasn’t willing to meet her or attend the counselling.In August, the Supreme Court had banned the controversial Islamic practice of Triple Talaq through which a husband can divorce his wife by simply saying Talaq thrice.The landmark judgement was given by a five-judge bench. While three of the judges called it unconstitutional, two others judged that it should be up to the Parliament to pass a legislation bill to officially ban the practice.



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