Almost four months after a Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court deemed it as unconstitutional, the Union Cabinet has cleared a Bill to criminalize the practice of instant Triple Talaq, according to news reports.
Along with his letter, he also attached a memorandum about legal and policy implications of criminalising triple talaq. Parliament has started today, it is inappropriate to speculate on a Bill not yet available to the Parliament, which is promised to be made available to Parliament. She will also be entitled to her children's custody, the draft law says, media sources said.
The Bill will make instant triple talaq a cognizable offence.
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Post the Supreme Court verdict, Prime Minister Narendra Modi set up a group of ministers comprising Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Home Minister Rajnath Singh, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.
MIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi has opposed the bill seeking to criminalise instant triple talaq, saying this would have severe consequences on rule of law and social cohesion in the country. Read Also: Gujarat Elections 2017: 68.70% voting recorded in across state during second phase The need for such a law, said Soman, was because "while women following Hinduism, Christianity, Zoroastrianism and other religions have laws in place, Muslim women have no law to fall back on in case their rights are violated".
Under this new law, triple talaq in any form - spoken, in writing or by electronic means such as email, SMS or WhatsApp - would be banned. The government had sought states' opinion on the Bill by December 10.
He said the party would support the bill if it was within the Supreme Court's verdict.