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Union Cabinet approves ordinance to make 'Triple Talaq' a penal offence.

The Union Cabinet has cleared the ordinance to make the practice of instant triple talaq, a penal offence.
Union Cabinet approves ordinance to make instant 'Triple Talaq' a penal offence.
  • It was signed by President Ram Nath Kovind later as per Article 123 of the Constitution.
  • Compelling reason cited by Government for promulgation of this ordinance was that the practice of triple talaq continues unabated even after annulled by Supreme Court due to absence of a legal framework.

Core components of the ordinance:

  • The ordinance makes instant triple talaq illegal and void.
  • It prescribes punishment with jail term for three years to husbands practicing triple talaq.
  • It also includes certain safeguards such as the addition of a provision of bail for the accused before trial, to do away with fears of misuse of the law.
  • The offence of triple talaq will only be cognizable when the victim wife or her relatives by blood or marriage file FIR.
  • It is a compoundable offence, meaning that there can be a compromise but only on insistence of wife and the magistrate will have to determine the terms and conditions.
  • The offender can be granted bail by the magistrate only after hearing the victim wife as it is a private dispute between husband and wife and the wife must be heard when bail is granted.
  • Additionally, the victim wife will get custody of minor children.
  • They will be entitled to receive maintenance from husband for herself and children, as decided by the magistrate.

Developments in the past:

  • In a landmark 3-2 verdict in August 2017, five-judge Constitution Bench of Supreme Court had declared centuries-old practice of instant triple talaq or talaq-e-biddat unconstitutional.
  • Triple talaq is a practice in which Muslim men divorce their wives unilaterally by uttering talaq three times in quick succession.
  • Three of five judges of this bench had called this practice un-Islamic and arbitrary.
  • They also disagreed with the view that triple talaq was an integral part of religious practice.
  • In pursuance of SC verdict, Government had managed to get Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2017 passed in Lok Sabha in December 2017 but it got stuck in Rajya Sabha as it was unable to build consensus among political parties where it does not have majority.
  • Government's position on Triple Talaq always had been that it has nothing to do with faith or mode of worship or religion, but it is a pure issue of gender justice, gender dignity and gender equality.

Question:

Q. The Union Cabinet has cleared the ordinance to make the practice of which instant Muslim tradition in married life, a penal offence?
a. Triple Talaq
b. Double Talaq
c. Second Marriage
d. None of the above
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