New Delhi, January 10: Narendra Modi led central government on Thursday has again approved an ordinance on Triple Talaq. The earlier ordinance was due to lapse on January 22. Meanwhile, on December 27, The Muslim Women Bill (Triple Talaq) 2018 was passed in the Lok Sabha with a brute majority. However, the bill was not tabled in the Rajya Sabha during the recently concluded winter session of Parliament. In the lower house, out of the 256 lawmakers who voted on the law, 245 were in favour of its passage, whereas, only 11 were against it.
The three major amendments moved to the law by Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi were defeated. Meanwhile, ahead of the crucial vote, the Congress and the AIADMK staged a walkout after the government declined their plea to send the legislation to a Joint Select Committee.
The bill makes the pronouncement of 'talaq-e-biddat 'void and illegal'. "Any pronouncement of talaq by a person upon his wife, by words, either spoken or written or in electronic form or any other manner whatsoever, shall be void and illegal," says the clause 3 of the bill. It also makes triple talaq a cognizable and non-bailable offence. The bill also proposes that a man who pronounces triple talaq shall be punished with a three-year jail term and a fine.