Triple talaq: Cabinet approves re-promulgation of ordinance -
Triple talaq: Cabinet approves re-promulgation of ordinance
Posted 11 Jan 2019 06:02 PM

The Union Cabinet Thursday approved the re-issuance of an ordinance making the practice of instant triple talaq a criminal offense. The earlier ordinance, issued in September last year, was to expire on January 22.

A bill to convert the ordinance into law is pending in Rajya Sabha where the opposition has been resisting its passage. An ordinance has a life of six months. But from the day a session begins, it has to be replaced by a bill which should be passed by Parliament within 42 days (six weeks), else it lapses. The government is at liberty to re-promulgate the ordinance if the bill fails to get through Parliament.

Under the proposed law, giving instant triple talaq will be illegal and void and will attract a jail term of three years for the husband. The fresh bill superseded an earlier bill passed in the Lok Sabha and is pending in the Rajya Sabha. The earlier bill was approved by the lower house. But amid opposition by some parties in the upper house, the government had then cleared some amendments, including the introduction of a provision of bail, to make it more acceptable.

However, as the bill continued to face resistance in the Rajya Sabha, the government issued an ordinance in September last year incorporating the amendments.

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