Indian Lower House passed the ‘triple talaq’ (instant divorce) bill after a day-long heated debate on Thursday.
The contentious bill that would criminalise instant triple talaq was passed by the Lok Sabha that also witnessed a walkout by BJP ally Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal United. The JDU, which had earlier said it was against the bill, on Thursday said such a law would create a “lack of trust in the society”.
The new law provides for a jail term for Muslim men who can get an instant divorce by uttering “Talaq” thrice, which the opposition maintained was unacceptable.
“Twenty Muslim countries in the world, including Pakistan and Malaysia, have banned the triple talaq. Why can’t a secular India do it?” he said.
The opposition parties say the bill should be referred to a select parliamentary committee for discussion and debate and have repeatedly questioned the government’s motive in rushing it.
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