Triple Talaq ban: Centre likely to introduce bill in Winter Session

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The Centre may introduce a bill to end triple talaq in the Winter Session of Parliament.

The Supreme Court had struck down triple talaq - the practice of a Muslim man divorcing his wife by uttering the word "talaq" thrice - as "unconstitutional" and suspended it for six months on August 22.

The government, CNN-News18 reported, has formed a ministerial panel to invite suggestions and frame a draft bill ahead of the Winter Session.

However, as there is no concrete provision by the law to safeguard victims of triple talaq, the government has chose to add more teeth to the top court's order. This decision comes in the wake of the judgement given by the Supreme Court of India in the matter of Shayara Bano Vs. Union of India and others connected matters.

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"The government wants to implement this on ground and hence there is a need to bring the legislation", a senior government functionary said.

"There have been reports of number of divorces by way of Talaq-e-biddat happening even after the above said judgement by the Supreme Court". In spite of reaching out to the members of the community to stop this archaic practice, there seems to have been no decline in the practice of Talaq-e-biddat, Centre noticed. They said the reason behind the new cases of triple talaq could be lack of knowledge about the SC decision, or the absence of legal punishment.

As the law stands today, a victim of concurrent talaq would have no option but to approach the police for redressal of her grievance as a Muslim clergy would be of no assistance to her.

Government sources said that despite the ban, triple talaq is still in effect; they pointed to the recent controversy over a professor from the famous Aligarh Muslim University or AMU who has been accused by his wife of divorcing her by text.

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