Triple Talaq Bill to be tabled in parliament next week: Ananth Kumar

ANI | Updated: Dec 21, 2017 18:32 IST

New Delhi [India] Dec 21 (ANI): Minister of Parliamentary Affairs Ananth Kumar on Thursday said that the government will be tabling a bill on triple talaq in parliament next week.

Talking to media, Kumar said 'The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill 2017' will be tabled in parliament next week and the draft of the bill has been circulated.

After the Supreme Court declared the practice of instant divorce 'void, illegal and unconstitutional', the Narendra Modi Cabinet on December 15 approved the bill that makes instant triple talaq illegal.

Earlier in the day, it was assumed that the government was likely to table the bill on Friday after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) issued a whip to all its MPs to attend the parliament session.

Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad will table the bill in the Lok Sabha.

The draft bill says that "any pronouncement of talaq by a person upon his wife, by words, either spoken or written or in electronic form or in any other manner whatsoever, shall be void and illegal".

There is also a provision of imprisonment for a term which may extend to three years and fine for violators.

The draft bill also envisages entitling divorcee Muslim women for maintenance.

"Without prejudice to the generality of the provisions contained in any other law for the time being in force,a married Muslim woman upon whom talaq is pronounced, shall be entitled to receive from her husband such amount of subsistence allowance for her and dependent children as may be determined by the Magistrate," says the draft bill.

It also has a provision for the divorcee Muslim women to have the custody of their minor children.

"Notwithstanding anything contained in any other law for the time being in force, a married Muslim woman shall be entitled to custody of her minor children in the event of pronouncement of talaq by her husband, in such manner as may be determined by the Magistrate," the draft bill says.

The offences under the purview of this bill will be cognizable and non-bailable.

It shall extend to the whole of India except the state of Jammu and Kashmir. (ANI)