Following the passing of the Shayara Bano v. Union of India judgement in August 2017, the Lok Sabha on Thursday (28th December) passed a bill criminalising the practice of triple talaq or talaq-e-biddat. According to the provisions of the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2017, a Muslim husband can now be held liable for punishment of imprisonment for up to three years and fine under this Act.
The Bill allows the victim to approach a magistrate to seek "subsistence allowance" for herself and minor children. Under the provisions of the bill, all kinds of instant triple talaq- spoken, in writing or by electronic means, such email, text message or WhatsApp - would be illegal and void.
Several opposition party members as well as petitioners, such as Bebaak Collective, who were rallying for declaring the practice unconstitutional in Shayara Bano case have expressed their disapproval with the provisions of the bill.
Read our article on the issue here.
Read the full text of the bill here.