The Yogi Adityanath Cabinet gave its nod to the Central government’s draft bill banning instant triple talaq or talaq-e-biddat. With this, Uttar Pradesh has become the first in the country to endorse the Centre’s draft bill.Presided over by the Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Cabinet which met late Tuesday night approved the draft Muslim Women Protection of Rights on Marriage Bill 2017 and sent it back to the Centre for tabling it during the forthcoming winter session of the Parliament.Significantly, the Yogi Cabinet did not suggest any alteration and amendments into the draft bill while endorsing the Centre’s proposed law unanimously.The proposed bill provides a maximum sentence of three years’ imprisonment and fine to men pronouncing talaq-ebiddat. Under the new proposed law, instant triple talaq will become a cognizable and non-bailable offence. It has also made provisions for providing maintenance allowance and custody of minor children to the aggrieved Muslim women.The draft bill says that triple talaq in any form – spoken, in writing or by electronic means such as email, SMS, Whatsapp – would be bad, illegal and void. The provision of maintenance and custody of minor child has been incorporated to ensure legal and financial protection in case husband forcibly throws the victim out of the house. It would empower women to approach magistrate seeking maintenance and custody of minor childThe BJP Spokesperson Dr Sidharth Nath Singh said that a law on the contentious practice of instant triple talaq among Muslim men necessitated following the Supreme Court landmark judgment on August 22 banning the practice. “Even after the landmark verdict, there were cases in which Muslim women were made subject of harassment by their husbands by pronouncing instant triple talaq,” pointed Dr Singh.“There were 177 reported cases of instant talaq before the Supreme Court verdict and 66 after the apex court order. Unfortunately, Uttar Pradesh tops the list,” he added.“The proposed law would not only protect marital rights of Muslim women in the country but will be a big step in the direction of empowering them. We hope that new law will give a big relief to Muslim women in improving their status in the society,” said Srikant Sharma, another BJP Spokesperson.Though All-India Muslim Personal Law Board is yet to react to the Centre’s darft bill a few Muslim clerics have already dubbed it as interference in their religious and personal matters. “Triple talaq is made by Allah and we cannot overrule or do away with it,” reacted Maulana Khalid Rashid Firangi Mahali.
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Uttar Pradesh becomes first state to endorse Centre’s draft bill on triple talaq