New Delhi, Aug 9 (UNI) The government has approved amendments in law relating to Triple Talaq, Law and Justice Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Thursday said.
Briefing the media, Prasad said 'We've proposed three changes. If any husband gives triple talaq instantaneously and breaks marriage, then FIR shall only become cognisable, when it is filed by the victim or blood relation or relation by marriage.
'The law has been made compoundable, that is, if the wife and the husband agree to settle their differences, then the Magistrate can compound the offence on appropriate terms and conditions. The Magistrate can grant the bail to the accused, after hearing the wife,' he added.
The Union Cabinet also approved inclusion of a provision of granting bail to the men accused of giving instant triple talaq to their wives. While the offence continues to remain non-bailable, the latest provision makes it permissible for a Magistrate to grant bail to the accused.
The Triple Talaq bill aims to set aside the centuries-old practice of instant divorce by men. The proposed law would only be applicable on instant triple talaq or 'talaq-e-biddat' and it would give power to the victim to approach a Magistrate, seeking 'subsistence allowance' for herself and minor children.
Besides these, a woman can also seek the custody of her minor children from the Magistrate, who will take a final call on the issue. Last year, the government had drafted the Bill, after the Supreme Court held the practice un-Islamic and 'arbitrary'.
The Bill proposes a three-year jail term and fine for any Muslim man, who divorced his wife by uttering talaq three times in quick succession. Sources said the Bill also deals with subsistence allowance for Muslim women and custody of minor children. UNI