Bill to ban quickie di­vorces in In­dia

The New Age (Gauteng) - - NEWS -

DELHI: The In­dian gov­ern­ment yes­ter­day in­tro­duced a bill in par­lia­ment aimed at pros­e­cut­ing Mus­lim men who di­vorce their wives through the “triple ta­laq”, which women com­plain vi­o­lates their right to equal­ity. In Au­gust, the Supreme Court ruled as un­con­sti­tu­tional the law, which al­lows Mus­lim men to di­vorce their wives sim­ply by ut­ter­ing the word “ta­laq” three times. Mus­lim women had pe­ti­tioned the court, ar­gu­ing the prac­tice of hus­bands di­vorc­ing them through “triple ta­laq”, in­clud­ing by Skype and What­sApp, not only vi­o­lated their rights but left many women des­ti­tute. “Only a law can ex­plic­itly ban triple ta­laq, we have to en­force le­gal pro­ce­dures to pro­vide al­lowance and pro­tect cus­tody of chil­dren,” Law Min­is­ter Ravi Shankar Prasad said. – Reuters

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