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Triple Talaq Bill passed by Indian Lok Sabha

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Taking a surprising and firm stand against the Triple Talaq practice, the Indian Lok Sabha on Thursday passed the contentious ‘Triple Talaq’ Bill, making it illegal with instant effect. The punishment includes up to three years in jail for the accused husband. The development was hailed by the government as “historic”.

The House passed the decision against the instant practice of divorce, which is not being followed according to the Islamic laws. The Lok Sabha remained un-wavered in its decision despite opposition members demanding a string of amendments.

MPs from the RJD, AIMIM, BJD, AIADMK and All India Muslim League opposed the Bill, calling it arbitrary in nature and a faulty proposal.

Poor Literacy Levels, Negligible Work Force! 

According to the data, Muslim women are worst of all social groupings of women in India. The Census report of 2011 states that Muslim women at 52 percent are least educated amongst the women in India. Among those who are educated, only a minor percent reach the graduation level. The overall share of the Muslim community among graduate students is just over 2.75 percent. In 2001, there was just 14.1 percent Muslim women doing some kind of job which only marginally rose to 14.8 percent in the Census 2011.

Foreseeable Final Verdict of Triple Talaq?

According to clause 3 of the Bill, “Any pronouncement of talaq (divorce) by a person upon his wife, by words, either spoken or written or in electronic form or in any other manner whatsoever, shall be void and illegal.” The bill named as ‘Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill’ would only be applicable to instant triple talaq or ‘talaq-e- biddat’.

It allows the victim to approach an authoritative figure like the magistrate seeking “subsistence allowance” for herself and minor children. The magistrate can easily allow the custody of victim’s children under normal circumstances in case of Instant Talaq.

The Bill will now be sent to the Indian Rajya Sabha before it is forwarded to the President for signing it into law. Despite the lack of NDA majority in the Rajya Sabha, the Bill is likely to sail through.

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