Lok Sabha passes bill that makes 'Triple Talaq' criminal offence

People erupt into celebration in Mumbai on hearing the passage of Triple Talaq Bill in Lok Sabha Photograph:( ANI )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Dec 28, 2017, 02.24 PM (IST)

After just a day-long discussion, Lok Sabha passed the bill that makes Triple Talaq a criminal offence. 

The bill was passed by voice vote.

It was passed after the House rejected a string of amendments moved by Congress' Sushmita Dev, CPIM's A Sampath, Asaduddin Owaisi and one by BJD's Bhartruhari Mahtab.

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Despite strong opposition, the bill was passed on the same day that it was introduced as the BJP government has an absolute majority in the Lower House.

The bill will now be tabled in the Rajya Sabha.

The draft bill, officially called Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill 2017, says, "any pronouncement of talaq by a person upon his wife, by words, either spoken or written or in electronic form or in any other manner whatsoever, shall be void and illegal."

The draft bill also has a provision of imprisonment for a term, which may extend to three years, and a fine, for violators.

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Refuting the allegations that they were interfering in Shariat, Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said that even the Islamic countries have regulated provisions of Triple Talaq.

''When Islamic countries have regulated provisions of Triple Talaq then why can't we a secular nation do it? We are not interfering in Shariat,'' Prasad said.

The minister urged the lawmakers to understand the pain of Muslim women.

''We must understand the pain of Muslim women. Today morning I read the news that a woman in Rampur was given talaq by her husband just because she woke up late,'' Prasad said.