1. You Are At:
  2. English News
  3. India
  4. After clearance from Rajya Sabha, Triple Talaq Bill gets President Ram Nath Kovind's nod

After clearance from Rajya Sabha, Triple Talaq Bill gets President Ram Nath Kovind's nod

In a major development, President Ram Nath Kovind has given his assent to the Triple Talaq Bill. Amid protests by the Opposition, the bill, that aimed to ban the practice of triple talaq was passed by the Rajya Sabha two days ago. The bill will be deemed to have come into force from September 19, 2018. A number of opposition lawmakers even skipped the vote.

India TV News Desk Edited by: India TV News Desk New Delhi Updated on: August 01, 2019 10:05 IST
President Kovind Triple Talaq Bill
Image Source : PTI

President Ram Nath Kovind gives assent to Triple Talaq Bill

A day after the Triple Talaq bill was pushed through the Rajya Sabha amid a series of walkouts and abstentions, President Ram Nath Kovind on Wednesday gave his assent to legislation aimed at banning the "Triple Talaq". Triple Talaq is a controversial Islamic practice that allows men to divorce their wives instantly. The bill will be deemed to have come into force from September 19, 2018.

Despite the Bharatiya Janata Party lacking the required numbers in the upper house, the bill was passed with 99 votes in its favour and 84 against. 

Law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, who tabled the bill, said, "This is a historic day. Both the Houses have given justice to Muslim women. This is the beginning of a transforming India."

Meanwhile, the Opposition parties had demanded the bill be sent to a select committee for further deliberation and scrutiny. Objecting to the bill, the Opposition claimed that the proposed law will be misused to victimise Muslims. 

However, several parties that seemed to oppose the legislation actually helped in its passage by either abstaining from the voting process or staging a walkout.

While the AIADMK and Nitish Kumar's Janata Dal United walked out, the Telangana Rashtra Samithi and Mehbooba Mufti's Peoples Democratic Party abstained from voting -- thereby bringing down the majority mark. 

A number of opposition lawmakers even skipped the vote. 

"An archaic and medieval practice has finally been confined to the dustbin of history! Parliament abolishes Triple Talaq and corrects a historical wrong done to Muslim women. This is a victory of gender justice and will further equality in society. India rejoices today!" Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, soon after the bill was passed in Rajya Sabha. 

Hitting out at the Opposition party for prioritising the "fundamentalist" vote bank instead of ensure justice for women, former Finance Minister Arun Jaitley later accused the Congress of being "pseudo-liberals". 

"They raised weak arguments so that the fundamentalists amongst the Muslims are kept happy," Arun Jaitley said. 

"It does not mind Muslim women being driven to destitution. After all, the fundamentalist vote bank is a higher priority (for them) than justice being conferred to the female gender," he added. 

Also Read | Women will be ultimate sufferers of triple talaq law: AIMPLB

Also Read | Triple talaq bill passed: PM Narendra Modi salutes courage of Muslim women

Video: Muslim women across the country celebrate as Rajya Sabha passes the Triple Talaq Bill

Latest India News

Read all the Breaking News Live on indiatvnews.com and Get Latest English News & Updates from India