Lok Sabha passes ‘Triple Talaq’ bill

After rounds of heated discussions, the Lok Sabha on Thursday passed the “Muslim Women(Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill 2019”, commonly known as Triple Talaq Bill.

The Speaker Om Birla announced the bill in favour of 303 ‘yes’ votes against 82 ‘no’ votes.

Introducing the bill, Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said it was about gender justice. “Twenty Muslim countries in the world, including Pakistan and Malaysia, have banned the triple talaq. Why can’t a secular India do it?” he said. “What is the problem with criminalising the practice? No one objects when Hindus and Muslims are jailed under dowry law or Domestic Violence Act,” he pointed out.

Though Supreme court called it illegal two years ago, there were a lot of cases reported.

The bill now faces the Rajya Sabha test.