New Delhi: After the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Parliamentary meet on Thursday, the Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar said to the media that the ‘Triple Talaq’ Bill is aimed to give gender justice, protection and respect to Muslim women.

He further said, “Prime Minister Narendra Modi appealed for unanimous passage of the Bill as it aims to give gender justice, protection and respect.” He said that the bill will be first introduced in Lok Sabha and after considered for passing it will go to Rajya Sabha on Thursday.

The Muslim Women Bill (Protection of Rights on Marriage) 2017, will be tabled in the Parliament by the Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Thursday. The Bill seeks to criminalize the Muslim practice of ‘Triple Talaq’.

In addition, the draft bill says, “Any pronouncement of talaq by a person upon his wife, by words, either spoken or written or in electronic form or in any other manner whatsoever, shall be void and illegal.” It also envisages entitling divorcee Muslim women for maintenance.

Reportedly, there is also a provision of imprisonment for a term, which may extend to 3 years and fine for violators. The bill also includes a provision for the divorcee Muslim women to have the custody of their minor children.

Meanwhile, the offences under the purview of this bill will be cognizable and non-bailable. The Bill shall extend to the whole of India except Jammu and Kashmir.

Significantly, by praising the proposed law against ‘Triple Talaq’, victims of the Muslim practice said that the legislation would provide a great amount of relief in to Muslim women. ‘Triple Talaq’ victim Huma Khayanat sought tougher provisions to combat the menace.

She further added, “People like us who have been divorced and those who are threatened with divorce would be benefited from this law. If a law is formed for Triple Talaq just like there is a law for domestic violence, we will get some relief. At least women will be relieved that it will not be misused.”

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