Parliament marked a historic moment when Rajya Sabha passed the much-debated and politically contentious triple talaq bill that makes the Muslim practice of instant divorce punishable. Lok Sabha had passed the Bill and once it gets Presidential assent the practice of Muslim men instantly divorcing their wives by uttering 'talaq' thrice will become a criminal offence, punishable by a jail term of up to three years. The bill will replace an ordinance promulgated on February 21.

What the new law says
  1. Pronouncement of instant triple talaq by Muslim husband either spoken or written or in electronic form or in any other manner shall be void and illegal.
  2. Muslim husband who pronounces talaq to get jail term of up to 3 years, shall also be liable to fine.
  3. Offence punishable under this Act shall be cognizable, if information relating to commission of offence is given to an officer in charge of a police station by the married Muslim woman upon whom talaq is pronounced, or any person related to her by blood or marriage.
  4. Offence shall be compoundable, at the instance of the married Muslim woman upon whom talaq is pronounced, with permission of magistrate.
  5. No person accused of a punishable offence shall get bail unless magistrate, on an application filed by the accused and after hearing the wife, is satisfied that there are reasonable grounds.
  6. Married Muslim woman upon whom talaq is pronounced entitled to receive from her husband such amount of subsistence allowance as determined by magistrate.
  7. Married Muslim woman shall be entitled to custody of her minor kids in event of pronouncement of talaq by her husband as determined by magistrate.