Law & Governance

Triple Talaq Practice Reduced By 82% Since Last Year

BP World Bureau | Aug 01 2020 02:55:31 PM
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The number of triple talaq cases has reduced since the passage of Protection of Marriage Rights (Act), according to a date shared by union Law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.

The law criminalising triple talaq practice was passed last year where men who divorce their wives by uttering talaq three times orally, are arrested and can be imprisoned till 3 years. 

Smriti Irani, the Union Women and Child Development Minister also shared that this is great news for Muslim women. 

On July 31st,  BJP observed the first anniversary of the passage of the triple talaq bill in Parliament as the Muslim Women’s Rights Day.

Instant triple talaq or talaq-e-biddat is a practice under Muslim personal law where men can divorce their wives by uttering 'talaq' three times. 

This practice was declared as unconstitutional by the Supreme Court after the fight by Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan (BMMA).

The bill that criminalises triple talaq was slammed by various sections including women's rights activists saying that civil cases cannot be treated as criminals. Instead of empowering Muslim women, the law will only victimise Muslim men. Added to that, jailing Muslim men will further victimise their family because women won't get other protection such as family maintenance. 

AIMIM chief Asaddudin Owaisi and Congress leader Shashi Tharoor slammed the bill. 

However, BJP and RW groups said that Muslim women are being given triple talaq over trivial matters and sometimes deserted.