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Bill against Triple Talaq system passed by Lok Sabha

December 28, 2018

The much talked about Triple Talaq or the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2018 has been passed by the Lok Sabha. The bill makes the practice of instant Talaq used by Muslim men a punishable offence.

The bill was passed by the lower house of Indian parliament after a five hour long debate about the use of Triple Talaq system. The members of Congress and the AIADMK walked out after the debate.

Men of the Muslim community can give instant divorce to their wives by uttering the word "Talaq" three times.

The practice has been found to have a negative impact on the lives of the wives who are divorced suddenly and left to fend for themselves. In many cases men just say the word "Talaq" three times over the phone, via SMS or messaging platforms and leave their wives.

The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2018 considers the practice "unconstitutional" and "arbitrary" and suggests a three-year jail term to husbands who use the method and also calls for maintenance to be provided to the women.

The bill will now be presented in the upper house of Rajya Sabha for passage.

The passage of the bill has been hailed by soocial media users. Most people are happy that the bill is for safeguarding rights of women but are skeptical if the bill will be passed by the upper house.

Priti Gandhi‏Verified account @MrsGandhi tweeted, "Big day for 9 crore Indian Muslim women today. Having faced injustice for hundreds of years, Modi govt is taking the noble initiative to ban triple talaq. It could have happened in 2017, but Congress govt is politicising the issue & opposing the decision. #BanTripleTalaq"

IndianJain‏ @GetRidofDevils wrote," Replying to @MrsGandhi @narendramodi But there is no way the bill is getting through the Rajya Sabha unless a joint session is held."

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