Lok Sabha passes Triple Talaq Bill

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Delhi – The Lok Sabha, after debating the merits of the triple talaq bill, finally passed the bill with all government amendments while rejecting opposition demands.

The Congress and many opposition parties earlier demanded that the bill should be sent to a joint select committee of Parliament for further deliberations.

The Opposition argued that the bill is against the Supreme Court’s verdict that outlawed instant triple talaq. The government, on the other hand, said that the bill is aimed at honouring the rights of women.

It said the government is ready to discuss and listen to the objections that the opposition parties have on the triple talaq bill.

The bill seeks to make instant triple talaq a criminal offence. The Narendra Modi government drafted the bill after the August 2017 Supreme Court verdict that outlawed the practice.

S Q R Ilayas, member of working committee of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB), said there was no need for this bill and it has been brought keeping in mind the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

“It is a very dangerous bill that will make a civil issue a criminal offence. Who will take care of the wives and children once the husband goes to jail?” he said.