17th December 05:42 AM
Husbands who attempt instant divorce could be sentenced to three years in prison in India
By Dhanjay Deo
Sunday 03/12/2017

Husbands who attempt "instant divorce" could be sentenced to three years in prison under draft legislation being considered in India.

The traditional practice involves a Muslim man saying "talaq" (divorce) three times ‑ in any form, including email or text message.

It was declared unconstitutional by India's Supreme Court in August, but officials say it has continued since.

The proposed law also provides for fines and support for affected women.

The draft Muslim Women Protection of Rights on Marriage Bill has now been sent to regional governments for consultation.

It would ban divorce, in line with the Supreme Court ruling, and layout procedures legal procedures for a "subsistence allowance" and custody arrangements.

Indian news outlets said the legislation is due to be considered during the winter parliamentary sessions, which begins in mid‑December.

Muslims are India's largest minority group, and it is one of a few countries where the practice of triple talaq ‑ which has no basis in the Koran ‑ has survived.

Source: BBC

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