In a historic move, Rajya Sabha on Tuesday passed Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2019 by 99 votes with 84 votes in opposition. Four Congress MP were absent in Rajya Sabha during the voting for the Triple Talaq bill.
Rajya Sabha also rejected opposition’s demand to send the Bill to select committee by 100-84 votes. AIADMK walked out and Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) MPs were absent during the voting. One member of the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and one Yuvajana Sramika Rythu Congress Party (YSRCP) MP were also absent during the voting.
Prime Minister Modi called the passage of the Bill “victory of gender justice.”
“An archaic and medieval practice has finally been confined to the dustbin of history! Parliament abolishes Triple Talaq and corrects a historical wrong done to Muslim women. This is a victory of gender justice and will further equality in society. India rejoices today!” tweeted PM Modi.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah thanked all the parties who supported the bill. ” Today is a great day for India’s democracy. I congratulate PM @narendramodi ji for fulfilling his commitment and ensuring a law to ban Triple Talaq, which will free Muslim women from the curse of this regressive practice. I thank all parties who supported this historic bill,” tweeted Amit Shah.
The Bill would ensure gender equality and gender justice to Muslim women. The Bill would also help in protecting the rights of married Muslim women and prevent divorce by practice of ‘talaq-e-biddat’ by their husbands. The Bill will be introduced in the forthcoming session of the Parliament.
The Bill propose to declare the practice of triple talaq as void and illegal. It also makes an offence punishable with imprisonment up to three years and fine. It also provides for payment of subsistence allowance to married Muslim women and dependent children.
The Bill also proposes to make the offence cognizable, if information relating to the commission of an offence is given to an officer in charge of a police station by the married Muslim woman upon whom talaq is pronounced or by any person related to her by blood or marriage.
The offence is made compoundable with the permission of the Magistrate at the instance of the married Muslim woman upon whom talaq is pronounced.
The Bill further provides for hearing the married Muslim woman upon whom talaq is pronounced, before the accused is released on bail by the Magistrate.
The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2019 is on similar lines of the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Second Ordinance, 2019.