New Delhi: The Narendra Modi-led government is likely to introduce a bill on controversial triple talaq in the Lok Sabha on December 22, Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar announced on Thursday.
The “List of Business” posted on the Lok Sabha website showed that The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights of Marriage) Bill will be introduced by Law Minister Ravishankar Prasad.
The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill 2017 criminalises instant triple talaq, or talaq-e-biddat, and imposes a prison term of up to three years on husbands who violate the law, according to reports.
It also makes a provision for alimony for the woman on whom instant triple talaq has been pronounced and grants her the custody of her children.
Meanwhile, as per a report, the BJP has issued a whip to all its MPs to attend the Parliament session while the government presents the ‘controversial’ bill.
In a historic judgment on August 22, a five-judge bench of the Supreme Court struck down instant triple talaq as illegal.
The woman can also seek the custody of her minor children from the magistrate who will take a final call on the issue.
Under the draft law, instant triple talaq in any form — spoken, in writing or by electronic means such as email, SMS and WhatsApp — would be bad or illegal and void.