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NEW DELHI: The Union Cabinet has passed an ordinance which criminalises making instant triple talaq a punishable offence with a three-year jail term and the woman will be entitled to maintenance.

Giving details about the provisions of the ordinance, law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said the core component is that an offence will be cognizable only when the FIR is filed by the victim wife or her close relations by blood or marriage.

Prasad also slammed Congress for blocking the bill from becoming law. Alluding to Sonia Gandhi, he said, “It’s my serious charge with full sense of responsibility that a distinguished woman leader is ultimate leader of the Congress, yet barbaric inhuman triple talaq was not allowed to be ended by a Parliamentary law for pure vote bank politics.”

The triple talaq bill aims to ‘set aside’ the centuries-old practice of instant divorce or talaq-e-biddat by men. Muslim women had petitioned the court, arguing that practice of husbands divorcing them through “Triple Talaq”, including by Skype and WhatsApp.


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