On Thursday, the Lok Sabha passed a bill that criminalizes the practice of instant triple talaq among Muslim households. An instant triple talaq is a form of divorce which instantly severs the ties between a man and his wife if he pronounces the word talaq three times in the presence or absence of his wife, with or without giving a reason for his decision. The Muslim women ( protection of rights on marriage ) bill 2018 is now passed by the lower house with 245 people voting for and 11 people opposing it, says that the triple talaq is null and void and the husband will have to serve up to three years in prison. However, the events stirred up disturbance among opposition parties wherein Congress, AIADMK, RJD walked out of the house as their plea for referring the bill to a joint select committee was not heeded. An ordinance of this bill was issued in September 2018 wherein the government has amended by making it bailable but this was not enough to make it pass without any hurdles. Law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad requested that all the lawmakers be on one page and support the legislation.
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