Triple Talaq Bill: magistrate can grant bail

New Delhi: Cabinet has approved amendments in law relating to triple talaq, Union Law and Justice Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad informed this on Thursday. Speaking to the media, Ravi Shankar Prasad revealed that three changes were proposed in the bill. If any husband gives triple talaq instantaneously and breaks marriage then FIR shall only become cognizable when it is filed by victim or blood relation or relation by marriage. A provision of granting bail to men accused of giving instant triple talaq to their wives has also been included. While the offence continues to remain non-bailable, the latest provision makes it permissible for a magistrate to grant bail to the accused. Bill also deals with subsistence allowance for Muslim women and custody of minor children.

Ravi Shankar Prasad said, “The law has been made compoundable, that is, if the wife and the husband agree to settle their differences, then the magistrate can compound the offence on appropriate terms and conditions. The magistrate can grant the bail to the accused after hearing the wife.”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government tabled The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2017 in the Lok Sabha. It was passed in the lower house on December 28, 2017.