After over four-hour discussion, the Lok Sabha on Thursday passed the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2018 that makes the practice of instant triple talaq a criminal offence, with a jail term of up to three years.
The Bill that seeks to replace an ordinance issued earlier for protecting the rights of married Muslim women and prohibiting divorce by pronouncing “instant talaq” by their husbands., was passed some heated exchanges between the opposition and treasury benches.
Before a vote on the bill, the Congress and the AIADMK staged a walkout over the centre not accepting their demand to refer it to a joint select committee of the Parliament.
The bill makes instant triple talaq a cognizable offence, attracting up to three years’ jail term along with a fine.
The offence will be cognizable if information relating to the offence is given by the married
The proposed law would be applicable across the country, except in Jammu and Kashmir.
Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad had introduced the Bill on December 17.
In September, the ordinance was promulgated, making the practice of instant divorce an offence under the Indian Penal Code (IPC).