The cabinet today approved a Triple Talaq ordinance making it an offence after an amended draft bill failed to clear Rajya Sabha in the last session of parliament amid disagreement within parties.
The triple talaq law, officially called Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill 2017, dilutes three contentious provisions.
The first change allows only a woman, or a close relative, to file a police case against her husband for instant triple talaq, the Islamic practice that allows men to divorce their wives immediately by uttering the word "talaq" (divorce) thrice.
The second amendment allows her to drop the case if the husband comes around later and they arrive at a compromise.
Here are the LIVE Updates over the Triple Talaq executive order:
Pm rings the knell of social justice for our Muslim sisters -the real minority within the minority who have suffered silently for years! a small step for woman-kind giant leap for humanity! Cannot thanks our Govt enough! @BJP4India@friendsofrss@BJP4UP@PMOIndia- shazia ilmi (@shaziailmi) September 19, 2018
Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad told a news conference the cabinet approved the decree because the practice persisted despite the court decision.
In August last year, the Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional a law that allowed Muslim men to divorce their wives simply by uttering the word "talaq", or "divorce" in Arabic, three times, said the Reuters report.
"We want the congress to say it on the floor of the house, not on TV," he said, adding that the bill was not watered down.
Efforts to pass the Triple Talaq Bill were thwarted by those who would rather let our muslim sisters live as unequal partners. I am delighted that the Cabinet has given its approval to the historic Triple Talaq Ordinance.- Hardeep Singh Puri (@HardeepSPuri) September 19, 2018
Heartiest congratulations to muslim sisters. (1/2) pic.twitter.com/PxCJxsCGo8
This ordinance will strengthen the hands of our muslim sisters & offer them a life of equal rights & dignity in marriage; & above all, will make them equal partners in our nation's progress without fear or insecurity. (2/2) pic.twitter.com/2jkVRNcPfx- Hardeep Singh Puri (@HardeepSPuri) September 19, 2018
Triple talaq or instant divorce will be an offence with the government today clearing an ordinance or executive order to enforce the proposed law that could not be passed in parliament in August. The draft law was deferred as parties failed to agree on it in the Rajya Sabha, where the government is in a minority.