The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah on Wednesday termed the ordinance making the practice of triple talaq a punishable offence as ‘historic’ and said it was also a matter of introspection and guilt for those political parties which forced Muslim women to suffer from it due to their vote bank politics.
"This ordinance is also a matter of guilt and introspection for them as they forced Muslims women to suffer from this bad practice for decades due to their vote bank politics," Shah said targeting the Opposition
The BJP president hailed Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the Cabinet's nod to the ordinance saying that the decision will allow Muslim women to live with dignity in society.
The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved the ordinance on the amended Triple Talaq Bill which was deferred to the next session of Parliament as parties in the Rajya Sabha failed to reach an agreement over it in early August.
Under the proposed ordinance, giving instant triple talaq will be illegal and void and will attract a jail term of three years for the husband.
The ordinance would have similar provisions as The Muslim Women Protection of Rights in Marriage Act, popularly known as triple talaq bill, which was cleared by the Lok Sabha in December last year.
(With PTI inputs)