The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved an ordinance making the practice of triple talaq a punishable offence. The government’s move was announced by Law and IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.
Speaking about the ordinance’s key component, the law minister said that an offence will be cognizable only when the FIR is filed by the victim’s wife or her close relations by blood or marriage.
Giving further details, the minister said that the ordinance is compoundable, which can be compromised at the insistence of the wife upon appropriate terms and conditions as determined by the magistrate. The ordinance also has provision for bail but a magistrate can grant bail to the accused person only after hearing the wife.
Alleging the Congress party of playing vote-bank politics Ravi Shankar said that despite having a distinguished woman leader, the opposition party did not end the inhumane practice.
The ordinance comes after the government failed to pass a bill in the Parliament to ban triple talaq.
The Union minister said that despite the Supreme Court’s ruling against triple talaq, the practice has been going on unabated.
On August 22 last year, the SC had banned the controversial Islamic practice calling the instant divorce unconstitutional and arbitrary.