Union Cabinet Approves Re-promulgation of Triple Talaq Ordinance

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Indian Muslim women protest against the Triple Talaq Bill introduced by the Narendra Modi government. — File photo

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NEW DELHI — A day after the conclusion of winter session of Parliament the Union Cabinet on Thursday approved a proposal to re-promulgate the ordinance making instant triple talaq a criminal offence, according to reports.

The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2018, or Triple Talaq Bill, could not be passed in Parliament as it stuck in Rajya Sabha where BJP govt lacks majority, after it was passed in Lok Sabha.

The opposition parties in Rajya Sabha expressed their reservations to some provisions of the Trple Talaq Bill and demanded that the bill be referred to the select committee for further deliberations.

The ordinance makes all declarations of instant triple talaq void and illegal and provides for up to three years’ imprisonment for invoking instant divorce by uttering talaq thrice in a single sitting.

The government is expected to make another attempt to get Triple Talaq Bill passed during the short budget session of Parliament which is likely to begin on January 31.

The Union Cabinet also gave its clearance to re-promulgate an ordinance to allow a committee to run the Medical Council of India, according to sources.

The Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Bill, 2018 to replace the Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Ordinance, 2018 was passed in the Lok Sabha but was not taken up in the Rajya Sabha.

The bill provides for constitution of a Board of Governors that will exercise the powers of the Medical Council of India (MCI).

(With inputs from IANS)

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