Fresh bill to outlaw triple talaq to be presented in the Lok Sabha today

New Delhi: A fresh bill to outlaw the practice of instant triple talaq will be presented in the Lok Sabha today.

The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2019, which has been listed in the Lok Sabha’s schedule for Friday, will replace an ordinance issued in February by the previous Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance government.

With the dissolution of the 16th Lok Sabha last month, the earlier bill had lapsed as it was pending in the Rajya Sabha.

The bill, which aims to make the practice of instant triple talaq (talaq-e-biddat) a penal crime, had faced questions from the opposition parties which insisted that jail term for a man for divorcing his wife was legally flawed.

The new bill is a copy of the ordinance in force.

The government had promulgated the ordinance on triple talaq twice — in September 2018 and in February 2019 — as the contentious bill remained pending in the Rajya Sabha, though it was passed by the Lok Sabha.

Under the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Ordinance, 2019, divorcing through instant triple talaq is illegal, void and will attract a jail term of three years for the husband.

Seeking to allay fears that the proposed law could be misused, the government has included certain safeguards in it such as adding a provision for bail for the accused during trial.