President Ram Nath Kovind has cleared the ordinance making triple talaq a punishable offence after the union cabinet on Wednesday moved to take the ordinance route in the matter. The ordinance will be called 'The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) ordinance 2018'. It will extend to the whole of India except for the state of Jammu and Kashmir. The ordinance declares triple talaq illegal and highlights the following:
Earlier on Wednesday, the ordinance route came as a huge move by the Modi government following two sessions of Parliament proving insufficient for the Triple Talaq bill to be passed in the Rajya Sabha, despite amendments being made in the bill in an effort to build consensus. The bill has already been passed in the Lok Sabha.
The Triple Talaq bill came as a result of the Supreme Court, in a landmark judgment, holding the practice as unconstitutional. However, following the tabling of the bill, the Opposition protested against some of the punitive measures that those men who give their wives Triple Talaq will face as a result. The Opposition has sought the matter to be referred to a parliamentary committee, which the ruling BJP has called a delaying tactic. The BJP has also called out the Opposition for not protesting the passage of the bill in the lower house but blocking it in the Rajya Sabha.