President Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday, August 1 has given his approval to the Triple Talaq bill, which makes giving instant oral triple talaq a criminal offense with provisions of jail term of up to three years.
The Triple Talaq law or the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights On Marriage) Act, 2019, has come into effect retrospectively from September 19, 2018. The act seeks to declare the practice of instant Triple Talaq as void and illegal and makes it a cognizable offence. It also provides allowance to women victims and their dependent children. The offence is made compoundable with the permission of the Magistrate at the instance of the married Muslim woman upon whom talaq is pronounced.
The NDA government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi championing the social cause of Muslim women had initiated the process of legislation to ban “Triple Talaq” after the historic Supreme Court judgement had declared the barbaric Islamic practise as unconstitutional.
In December 2018, the Lok Sabha had passed the bill with 245 MPs voting in favour of the Bill, while 11 voted against it. On Tuesday, the bill was passed in Rajya Sabha with 99 votes in its favour and 84 against, despite the BJP lacking the required numbers in the upper house.