The contentious bill to ban the practice of Triple Talaq saw a smooth passage in the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday by 99-84 votes. Despite the resistance of Opposition parties across the board, the government had maintained that the Bill would ensure gender equality and social justice to women of the Muslim community.
Bharatiya Janata Party MP and former Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir lauded the efforts of the current government in the successful passage of the Triple Talaq Bill after the bill was amended and moved in the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday, 30 July. Terming the day as a 'red-letter day', the East Delhi MP said that it was a huge victory for all his Muslim sisters who suffered under the archaic law. He further congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah and Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad for the triumph.
Thanking all parties for their support in the passage of the Triple Talaq Bill, PM Narendra Modi on Tuesday has tweeted that leaders in both Parliamentary houses have risen to the occasion and will forever be remembered in India's History.
PM Modi went onto rejoice the end of an archaic medieval practice saying that the abolition of Triple Talaq will contribute to women empowerment and give women the dignity they deserve in the society,
Under the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2019, divorcing through instant Triple Talaq will be illegal, void and would attract a jail term of three years for the husband.
While the bill makes triple talaq a "non-bailable" offense, an accused can approach a magistrate even before trial to seek bail. In a non-bailable offence, bail cannot be granted by police at the police station itself.
The Bill which makes the practice of instant triple talaq (talaq-e-biddat) a penal offence, was opposed by opposition parties which claimed that jail term for the husband for divorcing his wife was legally untenable. The government had promulgated the ordinance on triple talaq twice.