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Union Cabinet approves ordinance to ban triple talaq

The government wants to introduce the triple talaq bill to ‘set aside’ the centuries-old practice of instant divorce being practised by Muslim community.

Published: 19th September 2018 12:50 PM  |   Last Updated: 19th September 2018 04:14 PM   |  A+A-

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By Online Desk

NEW DELHI: The Union cabinet has cleared an ordinance to make the practice of instant triple talaq a penal offence, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said Wednesday, citing compelling necessity for the move as the practice annulled by the Supreme Court continues unabated.

Addressing a press conference, he accused the Congress party of not cooperating in the passage of the 'Muslim Women Protection of Rights on Marriage Bill, pending in the Rajya Sabha, because of vote bank politics.

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Citing details of the ordinance, he said a woman or her blood relative will have to file a case before a police station to make the offence cognizable.

The offence is compoundable. A compromise can also be reached before a magistrate after the affected woman consents to it, he said.

"It is my serious charge that despite having a woman leading the Congress, the did not lend support to the bill," he told reporters. Describing the practice as "barbaric and inhuman", he said nearly 22 countries have regulated triple talaq.

However, gender justice was given a complete go-by in a secular country like India because of blatant vote bank politics.

"I will again appeal to Sonia ji that this ordinance has been brought in the interest of the country to bring gender justice. I appeal to you to rise above vote bank politics and help pass it in the interest of justice for women," he told reporters after the Cabinet meeting.

The Union minister also appealed to Bahujan Samaj Party leader Mayawati and Trinamool Congress leader Mamata Banerjee to help in the passage of the bill pending in Rajya Sabha, where the government lacks numbers.

The Lok Sabha has already passed the bill. The Supreme Court last year banned the practice. But since the practice was still prevalent, a bill was brought to make it a penal offence.

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