New Delhi, Aug 9: The union cabinet on Thursday approved an amendment in Triple Talaq Bill that seeks to make the practice of instant divorce a criminal offence.
According to the amendment, the offence continues to remain non-bailable only the magistrate can grant the bail and will also attract three years imprisonment for the husband.
Addressing media, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said “Cabinet has approved amendments in law relating to triple talaq. We’ve proposed 3 changes. If any husband gives triple talaq instantaneously and breaks marriage then FIR shall only become cognizable when it is filed by victim or blood relation or relation by marriage.
“It has been made compoundable, if the wife & the husband desire to settle their differences then the magistrate can compound the offence on appropriate terms & conditions. Magistrate can grant bail after hearing the wife”, he added.
The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2017 also known as the Triple Talaq Bill by the Lok Sabha last year but failed to pass in the Rajya Sabha.