Triple Talaq Bill Deferred To Next Session Of Parliament Says Sources

Triple Talaq Bill Deferred To Next Session Of Parliament Says Sources

The practice of "triple talaq" has been criticised for being unfair to women. (Representational)

New Delhi: The draft law making triple talaq,or instant divorce, a criminal offence is likely to be deferred to the next session of parliament, sources have told news Channel NDTV. 


Venkaiah Naidu, the Vice President said today, as parties in the Rajya Sabha failed to reach an agreement over it. According to the sources, the centre could also bring in an ordinance, or emergency executive order.

Mr Naidu, the Rajya Sabha chairman, said, "Triple Talaq Bill will not be taken up today because no consensus could be built around it."

The bill and its amendments will be taken up in the winter session of parliament and it could also be taken up as an ordinance, sources said.The move comes just a day after the cabinet signed off on changes to the triple talaq law, officially called Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill 2017, to dilute two contentious provisions.

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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.

But the administration hasn't toned down the three year jail penalty for the husband or the provision that only empowers a magistrate, and not a local police officer, to release the accused on bail.

The original bill was cleared by the Lok Sabha last year but has been stuck in the Rajya Sabha where the BJP-led national coalition NDA is in minority.

Ravi Shankar Prasad, the Law Minister laid the foundation for the barbs that will follow when he, after outlining the proposed changes at Thursday's cabinet briefing, turned his attention to Sonia Gandhi,  the 8 UPA chairperson.

"I want to ask Sonia Gandhi, will you stand up for women's honour and pride? Congress should make their stand clear," Mr Prasad said.

Last month when the Congress President Rahul Gandhi wrote to PM Modi to "walk the talk" on the women's quota bill, Mr Prasad wrote back urging the Congress to support the "triple talaq" bill.

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