Triple talaq bill not tabled in Rajya Sabha, govt defers it to next session

NEW DELHI: The government has decided not to table the triple talaq bill in the Rajya Sabha in the monsoon session, which ends on Friday, and defer it to the next session.

The Union cabinet had on Thursday approved three amendments to the measure, officially called the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill 2017, including adding a provision of granting bail to the men found guilty of giving instant triple talaq.

The bill had been passed by the Lok Sabha last year but will have to be passed again by the lower house in view of the changes, once it is approved by the Rajya Sabha.

Senior government officials, who did not want to be named, said on Thursday the amendments notwithstanding, giving instant triple talaq or ‘talaq-e-biddat' will continue to be illegal and void, and will attract a jail term of three years.

Also, instant triple talaq will continue to be a non-bailable offence, they added. The amendments will only allow the accused to approach a magistrate even before trial to seek bail. The magistrate would, however, ensure that bail is granted only after the husband agrees to grant compensation to the wife, as provided in the bill. The quantum of compensation will be decided by the magistrate, as per the bill.

"The provision has been added to allow the magistrate to grant bail after hearing the wife," said Union law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad during a press briefing.

This was one of the demands of the Opposition.

 

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