The bill seeks to declare the practice of instant Triple Talaq as void and illegal and makes it a cognizable offence. It also provides allowance to women victims and their dependent children. The offence is made compoundable with the permission of the Magistrate at the instance of the married Muslim woman upon whom talaq is pronounced.
The Rajya Sabha also rejected the Opposition’s resolution referring the bill to Select Committee for further scrutiny. Parties, including Congress, DMK, TMC, Left and NCP voted against the bill while JD(U), AIADMK, TDP, TRS and BSP staged a walkout and did not participate in voting.
Replying to the debate on the bill, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said, it has been brought to protect the rights of Muslim women and not to target any particular community. He said, the offence has been made compoundable and bailable.
Participating in the debate, Leader of the Opposition, Ghulam Nabi Azad attacked the government, accusing it of targeting the family set up among Muslims. He said the Triple Talaq Bill does not have provisions for protection of victim women and their maintenance.
President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have lauded the passing of the bill. In a series of tweets, the President said, it is a milestone in the quest for gender justice and a moment of satisfaction for the entire country.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, a historic wrong done to Muslim women has been corrected and an archaic and medieval practice has been confined to the dustbin of history. Mr Modi said, it is an occasion to salute the remarkable courage of those Muslim women who have suffered great wrongs due to the practice of triple talaq.
Women and Child Development Minister Smriti Irani said the passage of the bill is a victory for millions of Muslim women.