JK News Today

New Delhi, September 19:

In a historic step , the Union cabinet on Wednesday approved an ordinance to criminalise triple talaq, the instant divorce prevalent among Muslims.

The contentious Triple talaq bill was passed by Lok Sabha in December 2017 but could not be taken up for discussion and passage in Rajya Sabha in the Monsoon session in August.

There was no consensus among political parties on the proposed legislation.

The Congress-led Opposition had been demanding that the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2017, be subject to further scrutiny.

The National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government had tried to get the bill cleared earlier in the budget session as well.

In August, the Union cabinet had cleared some amendments to the draft bill allowing the magistrate to grant bail after hearing the wife; and made the offence of instant triple talaq “compoundable”.

The amendments came after the Supreme Court on August 22 last year struck down the practice of triple talaq, calling it unconstitutional.