New Delhi: The Centre on Tuesday tabled the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2019, or the Triple Talaq Bill, in Rajya Sabha, with Opposition parties demanding a review by select committee. The Bill to ban instant Triple Talaq was tabled by Union law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad who said more than 20 countries have regulated triple talaq.

"India is a secular country. In 2013, triple talaq victims moved Supreme Court and SC decided it is arbitrary and unconstitutional. What is wrong in Quran cannot be valid in law," he said. Prasad said following the Supreme Court judgment in August 2017 banning the practice, about 574 cases of Triple Talaq have come to the notice of the government.

"We have made a provision that the wife can file FIR, magistrate can give bail to the husband upon hearing the wife. Please dont look at this through the prism of politics and vote bank. This is a question of humanity and women empowerment and justice," Prasad said.

The Lok Sabha on Thursday passed the Bill to ban triple talaq amid Opposition protests.

The Bill, which replaces an Ordinance promulgated in February, now awaits passage in the Upper House. The government has pitched the piece of legislation as its attempt to protect the rights of married Muslim women by prohibiting the practice under which a Muslim man can divorce his wife by uttering the word “talaq" three times at one go.

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