Govt tables Triple Talaq bill in Lok Sabha: Complete timeline of the journey of the legislation



A day after introducing the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2019 bill in the Rajya Sabha, the government today tabled it in Lok Sabha today. The bill had lapsed after the dissolution of the 16th Lok Sabha, as it was pending in the Upper House of the Parliament. The bill proposes to ban the practice of instant Triple Talaq among Muslims. The proposal to make the practice of triple talaq a punishable offence under law has been opposed by a number of Opposition parties who have claimed that the jail term for a man who wants to divorce his wife was legally untenable. The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2019, which was today moved by Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad in the Lok Sabha today, seeks to replace an ordinance issued by the government in February this year by the previous NDA government. The bill has created a clear divide within political parties with some saying it unfairly targets Muslims while others hailed it as a landmark law. Heres a timeline of how the Triple Talaq Bill has progressed so far: February 5, 2016: Supreme Court asks then Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi for assistance on appeals challenging constitutional validity of It stated that the motive was to find if Muslim women face gender discrimination in cases related to divorce. March 28, 2016: Top court asks central government to file a report of a high-level panel on June 29, 2016: It assures that October 7, 2016: The government opposes Triple Talaq in top court. Centre said there was a need to have a look at these practices on the basis of secularism and gender equality. February 16, 2017: Apex court forms a five-judge constitutional bench to deliberate on the challenges against March 2017: On March 27, the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) tells top court that the Triple Talaq issue falls outside the judiciary and the court should not touch the issue. May 3, 2017: Top court permits senior lawyer and Congress leader Salman Khurshid as amicus curiae to hear challenging constitutional validity of Triple Talaq. May 18, 2017: Apex court reserves its verdict on a number of appeals challenging constitutional validity of instant Triple Talaq practices. August 22, 2017: After reading separate judgements, SC rules in 3:2 majority that the practise is illegal. It also asks Centre to frame a law. December 2017: Lok Sabha passes Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2017. This makes the practise a punishable offence with a prison term of maximum three years. August 9, 2018: Centre clears amendments to Triple Talaq bill. This includes bail to those men who are found guilty of giving Triple Talaq instantly. Apart from this, the complaints in the case may only be filed the victim (wife) or a kin. The magistrate has the power to grant bail under some terms and conditions. August 10, 2018: The Triple Talaq Bill is tabled in the Upper House during the monsoon session. The government fails to pass the Bill because of lack of consensus. The bill is postponed till winter session. Also read: Parliament LIVE: Centre tables Triple Talaq bill in Lok Sabha September 19, 2018: Cabinet clears an ordinance making instant Triple Talaq a punishable offence along with a three-year prison term. December 31, 2018: Opposition stalls the bill in Rajya Sabha, days after it was passed in the Upper House. The Opposition demanded that the bill be scrutinised by the select panel. June 20, 2019: President Ram Nath Kovind addresses joint session of Parliament, calls upon all parties to unite in getting legislation making Triple Talaq a punishable offence cleared. President says practices like triple talaq and nikah halala must go in the interest of equal rights to women. June 20, 2019: Government tables The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2019 in Rajya Sabha. June 21, 2019: Government tables The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2019 in Lok Sabha.

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