The bill to criminalise instant triple talaq was passed by the Lok Sabha on Thursday after a heated exchange of words. BJP’s ally Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal United (JDU) walked out of the bill, maintaining it was against the bill.
Two major opposition parties, the Congress and the Trinamool Congress too staged a walkout after the vote. The bill was passed by 302 in favour and 78 against.
The bill now moves to the Upper house, the Rajya Sabha.
The law provides jail term for Muslim men who can get an instant divorce by uttering “Talaq” thrice, which the opposition say is unacceptable and want the bill to be referred to a select parliamentary committee for scrutiny.
Critics welcomed the government’s intentions, however stated that the bill seemed to be an impossible workaround and practicality.
The practice of triple talaq had continued despite the Supreme Court calling it illegal and unconstitutional two years ago. It called for the central government to pass a legislature against the practice.
While introducing the bill Union Minister for Law, Ravi Shankar Prasad said the bill promotes gender equality.
Source : Various