Law minister introduced the Triple Talaq Bill in the Lok Sabha today
The famous Triple Talaq bill has started its race to become a law. The Law minister, Ravi Shankar Prasad, introduced it in the Lok Sabha on Friday. The bill promises to ban the barbaric practice of triple talaq (talaq-e-biddat). Indeed, this would prove to be a breath of fresh air for Indian Muslim women. These women have been oppressed and mistreated in the name of an age-old way of divorcing in the Islamic culture. Many stories hit the news when talks of the bill were first made in 2018. We came across stories of husbands divorcing and leaving their wives over WhatsApp chats and SMS. And alimony provided to these women was a laugh in the face of humanity.
Subsequently, this bill is bound to replace the February ordinance on the same.
Why is it starting all over again?
The previous bill was pending in Rajya Sabha as the elections chose a new government. So, this led the bill to lapse. If it would have been passed, by law the practice of instant divorce would become a penal offence.
The messiah of Indian Muslim women – Triple Talaq Bill introduced in Lok Sabha
The opposition is strongly opposing
Now that the bill has been introduced again, the opposition is awake and active at the wrong agenda. They are opposing the outcomes the law offers. The opposition is claiming that Triple Talaq Bill “conflicts civil law and criminal law”. Shashi Tharoor opposed the bill claiming that “the bill does not do anything to improve the status of Muslim women… Instead of protecting Muslim women, all this bill does is punishes Muslim men.”
But not all agree with the way Tharoor is thinking in regards to the Triple Talaq bill.
Moreover, the Triple Talaq Bill is the first bill to be tabled in the 17th Lok Sabha. But that is not its official name. The bill is known as Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill 2019.