The Lok Sabha, on December 27, 2018, passed the Muslim Women Bill (Protection of Rights on Marriage) 2018, also known as the Triple Talaq Bill, amidst a lot of chaos.
The Bill will now be passed on to the Rajya Sabha for it to be finally passed as a law.
What is Triple Talaq?
Triple Talaq, or instant talaq is a form of Islamic divorce which allows a Muslim man to legally divorce his wife by stating the word talaq thrice, either orally, written or in any electronic form.
The Use of Triple Talaq
The use of Triple Talaq has been a part of a continuous controversy in India for years. It has raised issues like gender equality, human rights, secularism, among many others.
The husband is not required to give any reasons for the talaq and also the woman need not be present or know about it. It is a practice followed by the Sunni community for over a thousand years. However, it does not have any mention in the Quran or Sharia law.
Why the need for a new bill?
The Supreme Court in 2017, brought up triple talaq by calling it “unconstitutional”. It had “banned” this practice but nothing much happened and the practice continued to exist.
Muslims from all over India have been rallying for their rights ever since. The years 2017 and 2018 have seen a large number of cases registered in the courts against triple talaq.
All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB), a non-governmental
What is the Triple Talaq bill?
The bill was introduced by the Indian Government in 2017, citing that instant triple talaq or Talaq-e-
The new bill is a follow up of the original 2017 bill and has been passed up the Lok Sabha.