Chief Minister of Manipur, Shri N. Biren Singh expressed his jubilation at the passage of the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill today. Popularly called the Triple Talaq Bill, the bill makes instant triple talaq a criminal offence and provides for a three jail term to a Muslim man for the crime.
The triple talaq bill was introduced in the Lok Sabha and passed by the house last week. The bill was passed by Parliament today with the Rajya Sabha approving the bill. The bill will now go to President Ram Nath Kovind for his assent. The Supreme Court had earlier declared the practice of instant triple talaq unconstitutional and a divorce pronounced by uttering talaq three times in one sitting void and illegal.
Shri N. Biren Singh expressed his gratitude to Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi for his vision and leadership and said that with the passage of the bill, an out-of-place and medieval practice has finally been confined to the annals of history. He said India is truly moving in the right direction today as the bill aims at ensuring gender dignity, justice and equality. Shri N. Biren Singh said he is extremely happy for the Muslim community as the bill will now empower Muslim women and provide them with justice.
The passage of the bill is a major political win for the Narendra Modi government. It was the first draft legislation that the Narendra Modi cabinet passed after being voted back to power in the 2019 Lok Sabha election.