New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party-led NDA government is planning to bring in a legislation in the Winter Session of Parliament to put an end to instant triple talaq or talaq-e-biddat, the Muslim way of divorce, still in practice despite the Supreme Court striking it down on August 23.
Sources disclosed a ministerial committee has been constituted to draft a legislation or amend existing penal provisions, which will make instant triple talaq an offence.
Though no dates for the Winter Session have been announced, the government proposes to table the legislation in the session expected to begin next month.
The proposal on drafting a law against triple talaq appears to be a complete U-turn of the government’s earlier stand in which it virtually ruled out the need for a new law, indicating that existing laws, including the one dealing with domestic violence, were sufficient.
The apex court’s judgment quashing triple talaq was hailed as “historic” by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the ruling BJP, which had been campaigning against it and terming it as an issue related to “gender equality” and “gender justice”.