The Lok Sabha on Thursday passed the contentious bill making instant divorce illegal with up to three years in jail for the husband, a development hailed by the government as “historic”.
The bill was passed after the House rejected a string of amendments moved by various opposition members.
MPs from the RJD, AIMIM, BJD, AIADMK and All India Muslim League opposed the bill, calling it arbitrary in nature and a faulty proposal.
The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill would only be applicable on instant triple talaq or ‘talaq-e-biddat’. It gives power to the victim to approach a magistrate seeking “subsistence allowance” for herself and minor children. A victim can also seek the custody of her minor children from the magistrate.
Under the law, instant triple talaq in any form— spoken, in writing or by electronic means such as email, SMS and WhatsApp—would be illegal and void.
Here are the live updates from the parliament:
# Women in Varanasi celebrate after Triple Talaq Bill was passed in Lok Sabha
# SC banned Triple Talaq because it believed that a couple should get time for reconciliation.With this bill,offence will be now a non-bailable offence,there'll be no chance of reconciliation.I mvd an amendment over compensation for Muslim women frm govt, it was negated: S Dev, Cong
SC banned #TripleTalaq because it believed that a couple should get time for reconciliation.With this bill,offence will be now a non-bailable offence,there'll be no chance of reconciliation.I mvd an amendment over compensation for Muslim women frm govt,it was negated: S Dev, Cong pic.twitter.com/rTt3qJJusF— ANI (@ANI) December 28, 2017
# The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill passed by Lok Sabha by voice vote.
# This is a victory for Muslim women. They have fought for this for long. This will act as a deterrence: Noorjahan, Triple Talaq victim on Triple Talaq bill passed in Lok Sabha
This is a victory for Muslim women. They have fought for this for long. This will act as a deterrence: Noorjahan, #TripleTalaq victim on Triple Talaq bill passed in Lok Sabha #Mumbai pic.twitter.com/IduD6ZQTGh— ANI (@ANI) December 28, 2017
# The bill will now be sent to the Rajya Sabha for passage before it is forwarded to the President for signing it into law.
# The bill is likely to sail through the Rajya Sabha, where the government lacks majority, given the Congress’s stated support to the legislation.
# Lok Sabha passes Triple Talaq Bill by voice vote making instant divorce illegal with up to three years in jail for the husband.
# Amendments moved by Asaduddin Owaisi, BJD’s Bhartruhari Mahtab, Congress’s Sushmita Dev and CPIM’s A Sampath negated.
# Voting over amendments in Triple Talaq bill has begun.
# Women are pleased with the bill. Media reports suggest that people all across the country have welcomed the bill, it is important for the equality of Muslim women. It is important for gender equality, gender dignity; Ravi Shankar Prasad says.
# Congress has demanded to refer the matter to the standing committee, Ravi Shanakr Prasad says why no suggestions were given before tabling the bill.
# For those who are opposing the bill saying that it will break the families, why those don’t people raise their voice when women are thrown out of their home: Ravi Shankar Prasad
# There should be a 10 year punishment for those who give instant #TripleTalaq: Wasim Rizvi, Shia Waqf Board
# TripleTalaq should be banned, and I support the bill being brought to ban it: Gul Afshan, a resident of Rampur's Azimnagar who said her husband gave her Triple Talaq because she woke up late in the morning
# This slogan 'Islam khatre mein hai' was used before independence to divide India and is now being used to divide society, poison is being spread: MJ Akbar,Union Minister in Lok Sabha
This slogan 'Islam khatre mein hai' was used before independence to divide India and is now being used to divide society, poison is being spread: MJ Akbar,Union Minister in Lok Sabha #TripleTalaqBill pic.twitter.com/ZPtONHzCWN— ANI (@ANI) December 28, 2017
# What is the credibility of All India Muslim Personal Law Board? Who chose them to be community representatives? : Union Minister of State for External Affairs MJ Akbar in Lok Sabha #TripleTalaqBill
#The meeting was started in absence of the Deputy High Commissioner, if he would have seen how clothes of the family members were changed, he would have registered protest there and then: EAM Sushma Swaraj in Lok Sabha
#It was specifically agreed upon by both sides that media will not be allowed to come close to the family but Pakistani press not only came close to them but also harassed them & hurled taunts at them: EAM Sushma Swaraj in Lok Sabha
#Jadhav Ji's mother who only wears a saree was forced to wear salwar-kurta. Bindi, bangles & mangalsutras of both mother & wife were removed. Both the married women were made to like widows: EAM Sushma Swaraj in Rajya Sabha
# Misbehaviour of Pakistan with wife & mother of Kulbhushan Jadhav's was misbehaviour with all Indians. Regardless of political differences, when it comes to nation's dignity & another country misbehaves with our mothers & sisters, it will not be tolerated: GN Azad, Congress in RS
#mother was not allowed to speak in Marathi, 2 Pakistani officials present in the meeting kept stopping her repeatedly but when she continued, the intercom was switched off: EAM Sushma Swaraj in Rajya Sabha
#It was nothing like a humanitarian gesture. Human rights of the family members were violated again & again & an environment of fear was created for them: EAM in Rajya Sabha
#Pakistani Journalists harassed and heckled Jadhav's wife and mother - Sushma Swaraj
#Pakistani authorities exhibited inhuman behaviour towards Jadhav's mother by telling her to remove her Mangalsutra and Bangles - Sushma Swaraj
#We expressed our discontent over how Kulbhushan Jhadav's family was treated in Pakistan - Sushma Swaraj
#Sushma Swaraj makes her statement over the Kulbhushan Jadhav row in the Rajya Sabha
# Rajya Sabha passes Indian Institute of Petroleum and Energy Bill, 2017
# Congress' Mallikarjun Kharge objected to Ananth Kumar Hegde's clarification, following which Hegde said, 'If anyone was hurt by my statements I tender an apology.' #LokSabha
# I deeply respect the Constitution, the Parliament & Baba Saheb Ambedkar. The Constitution is supreme for me, there can be no question on it, as a citizen I can never go against it: Ananth Kumar Hegde in Lok Sabha
# Regarding the deadlock in Lok Sabha & Rajya Sabha due to my statement, I want to assure my friends that constitution is supreme to me, Parliament is supreme to me: Ananth Kumar Hegde, Union Minister on his earlier statement
— ANI (@ANI) December 28, 2017
# Congress leaders, including Rahul Gandhi & GN Azad, protest in front of Gandhi status inside Parliament premises over Ananth Kumar Hegde's comments on the constitution.
— ANI (@ANI) December 28, 2017
# Delhi: Inside visuals of BJP Parliamentary party meeting underway at Parliament's Library Building. pic.twitter.com/li5yp0Oivp
— ANI (@ANI) December 28, 2017
# Rahul slams BJP for creating a 'web of deceit'
#Sushma Swaraj to make statement on Kulbhushan Jadhav row in Lok Sabha
# Govt to table the Triple talaq bill
# BJP Parliamentary meeting begins