- The Union Cabinet has approved the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill,2019 replacing the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Second Ordinance,2019.
- The bill proposes to declare the practice of triple talaq as void and illegal. It also prescribes a penalty of up to three years imprisonment for an offence and provides for subsistence allowance to married Muslim women and their children.
- The Centre had first promulgated the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Ordinance in September 2018.A bill to replace it was passed in the Lok Sabha but remained pending in the Rajya Sabha.
- The government again promulgated the Ordinance after the Winter Session of Parliament but could not pass the bill in the Rajya Sabha during the Budget session.The Ordinance lapsed with the dissolution of the 16th Lok Sabha.
- Further,the Opposition has demanded that the bill be sent to a select joint parliamentary committee before being passed into law.However,the government has rejected this demand.
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