On Tuesday, the Indian parliament approved the bill that will land all who makes instant triple talaq in trouble.
The Parliament has passed a bill making the instant triple talaq an unlawful wrongdoing. While, BJD supported the cause, NDA constituents JD(U) and AIADMK made a swift walk out. It was only on last week that Lok Sabha passed the Muslim Women Protection of Rights on Marriage, and now the Rajya Sabha has also approved it.
As per the new amendment, Muslim men who practice instant talaq will be sentenced to jail and the term can be up to three years.
The Upper House of the Parliament passed this important bill by winning 99 votes in favour of it, whereas there were 84 votes that were casted against the bill. The BJD supported the bill, but JD-U and AIADMK were against it, resulting in their walk out.
The walk out lowered the majority mark, which usually comes at 121. NDA has 107 members out of the total 242 members in Rajya Sabha. The absence of some members of SP, BSP, Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) and YSR-Congress meant a great help for the NDA.
Once the bill is approved by the President of India, it will replace the ordinance that that was promulgated on February 21st. The Leader of the Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad, has termed this bill as a move that is politically motivated to destroy Muslim households that have domestic fights.
The Triple Talaq bill failed to get the approval from the Upper House earlier this year and that was the first term of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The opposition parties states that the current law could be misused in many ways such as harassing the overall Muslim community and also urged it to be reviewed by a parliamentary committee.