The final hurdle to make it an act has been cleared and India looks set to move away from the shadows of this regressive practice which has already been banned in many muslim nations.
Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad moved the bill in Rajya Sabha, saying it has been brought to ensure justice for Muslim women and should not be seen through a political prism.
He urged the members to get ‘The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2019’, adding that the practise of triple talaq is continuing despite the Supreme Court banning the same through its judgement. He termed it a matter of gender justice and women empowerment.
Leaders of political parties participated in the debate and voiced their opinion. Most of the parties suported the bill though the congress and some other parties opposed the provisions.
The bill passed by Rajya Sabha on Tuesday specifies that FIR can be filed only by married woman or her relative by blood or marriage, the magistrate may grant bail to the accused after hearing the woman and if satisfied that there are reasonable grounds for granting bail and the offence may be compounded by magistrate upon request of the woman, and the magistrate will determine the terms and conditions of compounding of the offence.
Replying to the debate, union law and justice minister Ravishankar prasad said that the govt cannot ignore the concern of Muslim women and is duty bound to ensure that they get justice. He also dismissed many allegations against the government in this regard.
The house also rejected the motion to send the bill to select committee by 100-84 votes. Subsequently the house voed for various amendments moved by the opposition which were negated. The move to pass the bill with its provision was then put to vote of the house and it was passed by 99-84 votes.
The bill after getting confirmation from both the houses, will go to the President for his assent.
The Muslim Women in India will finally break away from the shackles of the practice which has been much debated in the past.
The long road to success which incidentally started back in 1986 with Shah bano case has finally reached fruition as the parliament has passed the bill.
This indeed is one of the biggest step the nation has taken towards gender equality, gender justice and a just society. As many said during the debate, for them the independence day and the eid festivities have begun now in right earnest.