The Union Cabinet has approved certain amendments in Triple Talaq Bill. The triple talaq bill aims to “set aside” the centuries-old practice of instant divorce by men.
The proposed law would only be applicable on instant triple talaq or ‘talaq-e-biddat’ and it would give power to the victim to approach a magistrate seeking “subsistence allowance” for herself and minor children.
Amendments Approved :-
- Inclusion of a provision of granting bail to men accused of giving instant triple talaq to their wives. While the offence continues to remain non-bailable, the latest provision makes it permissible for a magistrate to grant bail to the accused.
- A woman can also seek the custody of her minor children from the magistrate who will take a final call on the issue.
Cabinet proposes changes in bill :-
- If a husband gives instant triple talaq to his wife, an FIR against him will only become cognizable when it is filed by the victim or anyone having blood relation or relation by marriage.
- If the wife and the husband agree to settle their differences, then the magistrate can compound the offence on appropriate terms and conditions. The magistrate can grant the bail to the accused after hearing the wife.
Last year, the government had drafted the Bill after the Supreme Court, in a landmark verdict, called the practice un-Islamic and “arbitrary”.
The Bill proposes a three-year jail term and fine for any Muslim man who divorced his wife by uttering talaq three times in quick succession. Sources said the Bill also deals with subsistence allowance for Muslim women and custody of minor children.
While the Muslim Women Protection of Rights on Marriage Bill was cleared by Lok Sabha last year, it made little headway in Rajya Sabha where the government lacks numbers.