Four months after a 3:2 majority of the Supreme Court deemed it unconstitutional, Parliament has begun deliberations on the passing of a Bill that seeks to outlaw instant Triple Talaq.
Today, The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2017, which had earlier received of the Union Cabinet, is being discussed in the Lok Sabha.
Law Minister Ravishankar Prasad called the bill ‘historic’ as he presented the bill.So, what exactly is the content of the Bill?
Section 3 deems any pronouncement of talaq by a person upon his wife by any manner whatsoever, void and illegal. Section 7 makes the offence cognizable and non-bailable, and Section 4 invites a prison sentence that could go up to three years, as well as a fine.
Further, in order to safeguard the rights of the woman against whom triple talaq has been pronounced, she would be entitled to subsistence allowance for herself and her dependent children, at the discretion of the Magistrate. The woman in question would also be entitled to custody of her minor children, as per Section 6.
The opposition has expressed some reservations regarding the Bill, noting that it is silent on the topic of burden of proof, and does not quantify the amount of subsistence allowance, etc.