Watering-down the instant triple talaq bill, the Union Cabinet on Thursday approved certain amendments, including bail provisions for the accused before the trial.
Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad told reporters here that the Union Cabinet has approved three amendments to the ‘Muslim Women Protection of Rights on Marriage Bill’ which has been cleared by Lok Sabha and pending approval of Rajya Sabha. Tomorrow is the last day of the Monsoon Session of Parliament and the government could introduce amendments in Rajya Sabha. If the bill is cleared by the upper house, it will have to go back to Lok Sabha for approval of the amendments.
The first change in regarding the filing of an FIR in case of an offense. The cabinet has approved amendments which mandate that the FIR be either filed by the victim of triple talaq or immediate blood relations.
The offense has been now made compoundable. Compoundable offenses are those offences where, the complainant i.e., the one who has filed the case enter into a compromise, and agrees to have the charges dropped against the accused. That means that the scope for a mediation and compromise has been kept alive.
The third change is the inclusion of a provision of granting bail to men found guilty of giving instant triple talaq to their wives. Although only magistrate will be able to grant bail only after hearing the victim.
The other sections will remain the same. Giving instant triple talaq will continue to be illegal and void and will attract a jail term of three years for the husband.