Major political win for Modi as triple talaq bill gets passed from Rajya Sabha
THE BILL CRIMINALISES THE EXISTING ISLAMIC PRACTICE OF INSTANT DIVORCING OF WIVES BY MUSLIM MEN
NEW DELHI: In a major political win for the Narendra Modi government, the contentious Triple Talaq Bill was today passed by the Rajya Sabha.
While 99 lawmakers voted for it, 84 voted against the “Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2019″ which criminalises the instant divorcing of wives by the Muslim men.
Now the Bill will be sent to the President for his assent. Once the President gives his assent, it will become a law, replacing the ordinance over the controversial Islamic practice.
The bill had been a bone of contention between the NDA government and the opposition since it was first tabled in the House in 2017 but today in a significant development, it also got passed by the Rajya Sabha where the BJP is not in a majority.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed happiness over the passage of the bill describing it as a victory of gender justice.
“An archaic and medieval practice has finally been confined to the dustbin of history! Parliament abolishes Triple Talaq and corrects a historical wrong done to Muslim women. This is a victory of gender justice and will further equality in society. India rejoices today!” PM Modi tweeted on Tuesday soon after the Bill was passed from the Upper House.
The PM while thanking all those who supported the bill said, “This is an occasion to salute the remarkable courage of those Muslim women who have suffered great wrongs just due to the practice of Triple Talaq. The abolition of Triple Talaq will contribute to women empowerment and give women the dignity they deserve in our society”.