In a big victory for the Prime Minister Narendra Modi led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government, the Triple Talaq Bill was passed by Parliament on Tuesday. The Rajya Sabha has passed the bill by 99 votes in favour and 84 votes against it. The Lok Sabha has passed the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2019 last week.
The Triple Talaq bill seeks to criminalize the act of instant divorce among Muslims with a three-year jail sentence for men who practice triple talaq.
Shortly after the passage of the bill in Rajya Sabha, the President Ram Nath Kovind said that the passage of the bill by parliament was a milestone in the quest for gender justice.
In a series of tweets, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that “ This is a victory of gender justice.”
“An archaic and medieval practice has finally been confined to the dustbin of history! Parliament abolishes Triple Talaq and corrects a historical wrong done to Muslim women. This is a victory of gender justice and will further equality in society. India rejoices today!,” PM Modi said.
Prime Minister thanked all the parties and MPs who supported the bill.
Home Minister Amit Shah congratulated PM Modi and said that it is a “great day for India's democracy.”
Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad who introduced the bill in the parliament termed as it is the historic day.
Former External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj congratulates PM Modi.
Earlier, Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad in the parliament said, the Triple Talaq bill is “Politically Motivated”
The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2019, will now go to President Ram Nath Kovind for his assent to become a law.