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Bill to end triple talaq soon? Modi govt may introduce legislation in Winter Session of Parliament, ministerial panel formed

A ministerial committee has been constituted to frame a law and the Union Government has proposed to bring this legislation in the forthcoming Winter Session of Parliament.

Written by: India TV News Desk, New Delhi [ Updated: November 21, 2017 18:27 IST ]
Representational pic - Govt may introduce bill to end
Representational pic - Govt may introduce bill to end Triple Talaq in Winter Session, ministerial panel formed

The Narendra Modi Government is likely to introduce a bill in the Winter Session of Parliament to end Triple Talaq.

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. 

In a landmark judgment, the Supreme Court had in August earlier this year struck down the centuries-old practice of instant triple talaq among Indian Muslims as unconstitutional, manifestly arbitrary and void in law.

However, it had concluded that "talaq-e-biddat" was a matter of personal law of Muslims that does not breach the Constitution's Article 25 (right to practice one's religion).

Also Read: Triple talaq declared 'unconstitutional', 'arbitrary' and 'not part of Islam' by SC

 

The judgment was widely welcomed by political parties including the BJP and Congress, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and women's organisations. 

The political parties said the landmark judgment accorded equality to Muslim women and rendered gender justice. 

The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) had also welcomed the judgment on the ground that it accords protection to Muslim personal law. 

Also Read: SC strikes down triple talaq: Powerful measure for women empowerment, says PM

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