Lok Sabha passes triple talaq Bill; Congress and other parties go along


Also, the existing law wants the woman to approach the court in case of divorce when the man can just do the Tripla talaq.

Initiating the discussion on Thursday afternoon, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said the bill will ensure gender justice and equality and termed it "historic".

Prasad clarified that the Bill provides for subsistence allowance for the wife and dependent children after triple talaq is pronounced, a demand that a few opposition parties had made during the course of the debate.

A source in the Congress told ThePrint that the party will try to refer the matter to a select committee for legislative scrutiny when the bill is introduced in the Rajya Sabha next week.

Rajya Sabha chairman M Venkaiah Naidu hopes the government will take note of the suggestion but went on to add that members should not be seen asking for holidays.

Congress leader Salman Khurshid has underlined that the bill doesn't benefit Muslim women and instead sends them into further financial and social insecurity by jailing their errant husbands.

The bill states that the commission will have government nominated chairman and members, and the board members will be selected by a search committee under the Cabinet Secretary.

He said the government had to come out with the Bill since triple talaq continued to be in practice despite being outlawed by the Supreme Court in August.

Women MPs on Triple Talaq Bill: 'A sane woman asked me, why not justice on marital rape?' He also stated that several Islamic nations like Bangladesh, Pakistan, Turkey, Iran and Afghanistan had regulated Triple Talaq. "It is the party's decision", Trinamool Lok Sabha member Saugata Roy said, refusing to elaborate.

The president of the All India Muslim Women Personal Law Board, Shaista Amber, welcomed the tabling of the Bill but insisted that it should be in the light of Quran.

Sushmita Dev of the Congress questioned if a man was put behind the bars after practicing Triple Talaq, which had already been declared illegal by the Supreme Court, on his wife, how he would give her the subsistence allowance the proposed legislation provided for. The Rashtriya Janata Dal, All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, All India Muslim League and All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) opposed the Bill. "While the Bill talks only about Muslim women being abandoned, the Government should also worry about almost 20 lakh women of various religions who are abandoned by their husbands, "including our bhabhi from Gujarat", he said, making a veiled reference to Prime Minister's wife Jashodaben".

However, the BMMA has struggled for a law for Muslim women for a decade, and the non-cognisable provision, even though problematic, is not an absolute prerequisite, Soman said. True empowerment of Muslim women on the marriage front can happen only when the practice of polygamy is also done away with, they say.