Govt To Table Triple Talaq Bill In Parliament

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New Delhi: The Winter Session of Parliament is expected to have a busy Thursday as the government will introduce a bill in the Lok Sabha criminalising triple talaq. On the other hand, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj is expected to make a statement in both Houses of the Parliament over the ongoing controversy over Kulbhushan Jadhav meeting with his family.

The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill is listed for introduction in the Lok Sabha by Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on 28 December, according to the list of business in the Lower House.

The bill, prepared by an inter-ministerial group headed by Home Minister Rajnath Singh, makes instant triple talaq or talaq-e-biddat in any form – spoken, in writing or by electronic means such as email, SMS and WhatsApp – “illegal and void” and provides for a jail term of three years for the husband.

As per the provisions of the bill, the husband could also be fined and the quantum of fine would be decided by the magistrate hearing the case.

It was cleared by the Union Cabinet earlier this month. The bill was listed for introduction last week, but Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar later told reporters that it would be introduced this week.