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Union Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi has said that after the implementation of Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Act, there has been a reduction of 80% in triple talaq cases. He said this at an event in Delhi on Sunday on the completion of two years of the law. Before the law came into force on August 1, 2019, more than 63 thousand cases were registered in Uttar Pradesh, which remained 221 after the law came into force. At the same time, after the implementation of the Act, only 49 cases were registered in Bihar.
Naqvi said that now triple talaq has become a criminal act. He said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi resolved the issue of Ram temple in Ayodhya, removed Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir and abolished the Mahram law. More than 3500 Muslim women have performed Haj without a mahram.
Day to salute the struggle of Muslim women
In the program, Union Minister Smriti Irani said that Muslim Women’s Rights Day is to salute the spirit and struggle of Muslim women. Union Minister Bhupendra Yadav also participated in the program.
Provision for imprisonment of up to three years for the accused man
The Triple Talaq (Muslim Women-Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill was passed in the Rajya Sabha on July 30, 2019. During the voting in the Rajya Sabha, 99 votes were cast in favor of the bill and 84 against it. The bill was passed by the Lok Sabha on July 25, 2019. The next day President Ram Nath Kovind approved the triple talaq bill. Under the triple talaq law, a convicted man can be sentenced to 3 years in prison. In addition, the aggrieved women can also demand maintenance for themselves and minor children.
Supreme Court’s decision came in 2017
- In August 2017, the Supreme Court had declared the 1,400-year-old practice of instant triple talaq (talaq-e-biddat) unconstitutional and asked the government to enact a law.
- The government passed the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill from the Lok Sabha in December 2017, but the bill got stuck in the Rajya Sabha.
- The opposition had demanded that there should also be a provision of bail for the accused of triple talaq.
- Amendments were made to the bill in 2018, but it again got stuck in the Rajya Sabha.
- After this, the government brought an ordinance in September 2018. In this, the provision of bail was added keeping in mind the demand of the opposition. The ordinance said that giving triple talaq would be punishable with imprisonment for three years.