In the lower house of the Parliament, the revised bill to make instant Triple Talaq a punishable offence was passed.
The passing of the bill came about after five-hour debate and a walkout by the Congress and the AIADMK.
It need be mentioned that the opposition parties expressed against criminalising the act and wanted a parliamentary committee to scrutinise the bill.
But the Law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said the bill should not be seen through the “prism of politics” but of humanity.
He also pointed out that the Supreme Court had called instant Triple Talaq “unconstitutional” and “arbitrary” and asked the government to have a law against it.
The proposed law makes “triple talaq” an offence with a jail term of up to three years and a fine for the husband, and makes the woman entitled to maintenance.
It also addresses “nikah halala”, a practice under which a divorced woman has to marry another man and consummate the marriage if she wants to remarry her husband.>