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Last Updated : Jun 12, 2019 08:11 PM IST | Source: Moneycontrol.com

Union Cabinet approves Triple Talaq Bill, to be introduced in upcoming session of Parliament

With the dissolution of the 16th Lok Sabha last month, the contentious bill had lapsed as it could not be passed by Parliament and was pending in Rajya Sabha.

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The Union Cabinet led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved a fresh bill to ban the practice of instant triple talaq on June 12, clearing the decks for it to be introduced in the first session of the 17th Lok Sabha beginning on June 17.

"We will introduce the Triple Talaq Bill in the upcoming parliament session," Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said while addressing media after the Cabinet meeting.

Once passed by Parliament, the proposed bill will replace an ordinance issued earlier this year.

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With the dissolution of the 16th Lok Sabha last month, the contentious bill had lapsed as it could not be passed by Parliament and was pending in Rajya Sabha.

Bills that are introduced in Rajya Sabha and are pending there do not lapse with the dissolution of Lok Sabha. Bills passed by Lok Sabha and pending in the Rajya Sabha, however, lapse.

The opposition had been opposing provisions of the bill in Rajya Sabha where the government lacked numbers to ensure its passage.

The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, which made the practice of instant triple talaq (talaq-e-biddat) a penal offence, was opposed by opposition parties which claimed that jail term for the husband for divorcing his wife was legally untenable.

The government had promulgated the ordinance on triple talaq twice.

Under the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Ordinance, 2019, divorcing through instant triple talaq will be illegal, void and will attract a jail term of three years for the husband

A bill to convert the earlier ordinance, issued in September 2018, was cleared by the Lok Sabha in December and was pending in the Rajya Sabha

Since the bill could not get parliamentary approval, a fresh ordinance was issued.

Seeking to allay fears that the proposed law could be misused, the government has included certain safeguards in it such as adding a provision for bail for the accused during trial.

These amendments were cleared by the Cabinet on August 29, 2018. While the ordinance makes it a "non-bailable" offence, an accused can approach a magistrate even before trial to seek bail.

(With PTI inputs)

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First Published on Jun 12, 2019 08:11 pm
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