The Lok Sabha on Thursday passed the Bill that makes Triple Talaq or instant divorce illegal with jail up to three years. The bill was passed after the House rejected a string of amendments moved by various opposition members.
The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill would only be applicable on triple talaq or ‘Talaq-e-Biddat’.
The Bill gives power to the victim to approach a magistrate seeking “subsistence allowance” for herself and also seek custody of her minor children.
Triple Talaq Bill: Here's a timeline of events
# December 28, 2017: Bill to criminalise triple talaq passed in Lok Sabha.
# December 15, 2017: BJP-led NDA government approved a draft law under which the practice of triple talaq was made illegal.
# August 22, 2017: The Supreme Court held triple talaq practice unconstitutional.
# August 15, 2017: PM Narendra Modi during his Independence Day speech applauded Muslim women for staging protest against the age-old practice.
# May 18, 2017: Supreme Court reserves verdict.
# May 17, 2017: Supreme Court asks the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) if Muslim woman can be given an option of dismissing triple talaq at the time of nikahnama or Islamic marriage contract.
# May 16, 2017: AIMPLB says triple talaq is a matter of faith and is 1,400-year-old practice.
# May 15, 2017: Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi tells Supreme Court that the Centre was willing to bring in a law to regulate marriage and divorce among Muslims if the practice is declared unconstitutional.
# May 12, 2017: The Supreme Court says triple talaq practice is the worst and not desirable form of dissolution of marriages.
# April 16, 2017: PM Modi says Muslim women should get justice.
# March 27, 2017: AIMPLB tells Supreme Court that religious issues should not be touched by court.
# February 16, 2016: Supreme Court says a five-judge constitution bench would be set up to hear and decide the challenge on 'triple talaq', 'nikah halala' and polygamy.
# December 9, 2016: The Allahabad High Court says that personal laws can't be above than constitutional rights.
# October 7, 2016: Centre opposes triple talaq hearing in Supreme Court.
# March 28, 2016: Supreme Court asks centre to file a copy of panel report on 'Women and the law: An assessment of family laws with focus on laws relating to marriage, divorce, custody, inheritance and succession'. SC also impleads various organisations, including the AIMPLB, as parties in the suo motu matter.
# February 5, 2016: Supreme Court asks Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi to assist it on the pleas challenging constitutional validity of triple talaq, nikah halala and polygamy.
# October 16, 2015: Supreme Court bench asks Chief Justice of India to setup an appropriate bench to examine if Muslim women face gender discrimination in cases of divorce while dealing with a case of Hindu succession.