Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Abolition of ‘Triple Talaq’ and Uniform Civil Code*

Motiur Rahman Khan

A Bill proposing criminalization of Triple Talaq has been passed by the Lok Sabha on December 28, 2017. Draft Bill known as, 'The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill 2017' is prepared by Ministry of Law under Ravi Shankar Prasad. The Bill seeks to ban pronouncement of talaq in one sitting orally, electronically or by any means whatsoever.  The objective and justification for the Bill has also been listed by the Minister, where it is said that even after Supreme Court's verdict against the practice, incidents of triple talaq have come to notice. Hence, the government, to curb the practice and to do gender justice to the Muslim women has brought this Bill, which criminalises the practice of talaq-i-bidat and makes it a cognizable and non-bailable offence with a jail term of upto 3 years.