“Triple talaq is un-Islamic and is a bad tradition. We want the empowerment of women. It (banning ‘talaq-e-biddat’) is not a Hindu or Muslim issue. We cannot leave out Muslim women in empowerment programmes being undertaken by our government,” the minister told reporters on the sidelines of a function.
Union minority affairs minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said majority of Muslims were in the favour of banning the practice of triple talaq.
In recently-concluded winter session of Parliament, Lok Sabha passed a landmark bill making talaq-e-biddat or instant triple talaq a “cognisable and non-bailable offence”.
The Bill recommends maximum three-year imprisonment for any Muslim man who gives instant divorce to his wife by uttering the word talaq three times in quick succession.
The bill also provides for subsistence allowance to Muslim women and custody of minor children as may be determined by the magistrate. Though the Bill was tabled in Rajya Sabha, it could not be passed as the Parliament was adjourned till budget session. Opposition members in Upper House had demanded that the bill be referred to a select committee.