The Triple Talaq Bill: A Time For Change
Khush: Today’s newspaper says that the Triple Talaq Bill will be a game-changer for Women’s Empowerment in India. Sadly, it has run into opposition in the Rajya Sabha.
Harry: Why? What’s the problem? Let’s first understand the full implications of the Bill. It is necessary to know what it proposes.
Khush: The Bill makes the pronouncement of talaq-e-biddat void and illegal. The pronouncement could be by words, either spoken or written or in electronic form or in any other manner whatsoever. Any man doing so is liable to be punished with a jail term of up to three years and a fine. Further, it makes the pronouncement of talaq-e-biddat a non-bailable offence.
Harry: Furthermore, the Bill aims at putting an end to the instant and irrevocable nature of marital ties which form a bedrock of human relationships. The Bill proposes that the woman upon whom talaq is pronounced will receive an allowance from her husband, and retain custody of her children.
Khush: Opposition parties have objected to the clause that provides for a jail term, arguing that it could further strain ties between the principal parties and diminish the ability of the husband to provide sustenance while serving a jail term. Opposition from community leaders is based on the premise that the Bill impinges on practices sanctioned by religi