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Cong may oppose triple talaq Bill if it violates SC verdict

Congress said the party was yet to see the content of the proposed legislation

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Abhishek Manu Singhvi
Abhishek Manu Singhvi

The may oppose a proposed legislation criminalising instant if it is in violation of a judgement on the matter, party spokesperson said today.

He said the party would support the bill if it was within the Supreme Court's verdict.

"If, however, the Act or the Bill seeks to violate and transgress the limits of that judgement, we may well have to do a rethink and let us see that," he said.

He said the party was yet to see the content of the proposed legislation, which is yet to be made available in Parliament.

"Any bill which seeks to criminalise human action, which is what this bill is supposed to be doing, must be within the four corners of the five judgements written in that case," he told reporters.

A draft law which seeks to make the practice of instant "illegal and void" and provides for a jail term for the husband was cleared by the union cabinet today.

The nod paves the way for its introduction in Parliament during the winter session which began today.

Law Minister confirmed that the Muslim Women Protection of Rights on Marriage Bill has been approved but refused to share details as Parliament is in session.

According to the draft law prepared by an inter- ministerial group headed by Home Minister Rajnath Singh, giving instant will be "illegal and void" and will attract a jail term of three years for the husband.

The husband could also be fined and the quantum of fine would be decided by the magistrate hearing the case.

The bill is being introduced as the practice still continued despite the striking down 'talaq-e- biddat' (instant triple talaq).

First Published: Sat, December 16 2017. 10:25 IST