New Delhi: The Triple Talaq Bill or the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriages) Bill 2017 was introduced in the Lok Sabha today. The bill aims to protect the rights of married Muslim women and prohibit instant divorce by uttering “talaq’ thrice by their husbands.
However, the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) has appealed the Central Government to redraft the Bill.
The Parliamentary Party leader of BJD, Bhartruhari Mahtab today opposed the introduction of the Bill urging that it should be redrafted and requested the Lok Sabha Speaker to reconsider the introduction of the Bill.
“This bill is flawed, there are many internal contradictions in the Bill,” pointed out the Cuttack MP in Lok Sabha today.
“Our party supports the empowerment of women. The judgement of the Supreme Court needs to be reflected in the Bill. Does triple talaq have any legal basis today?” Bhartruhari Mahtab said adding this Bill will only bring harvest to more number of cases in the court.
Introducing the Bill, Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad termed it as a historic bill saying it will empower Muslim women across the country.
The proposed law would only be applicable on instant triple talaq or ‘talaq-e-biddat’ and give power to the victim to approach a magistrate seeking subsistence allowance for herself and her minor children.
According to it, giving instant talaq would attract a jail term of three years and a fine. It would be treated as a non-bailable crime.