The Rajya Sabha will consider the “Muslim Women(Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill 2018”, commonly known as Triple Talaq Bill, for passing tomorrow.

The Bill was cleared by Lok Sabha on Thursday.

It declares pronouncement of talaq, including in written or electronic form,a punishable offence which can lead to imprisonment up to three years and fine. Talaq for the purposes of the Bill means “talaq-e-biddat or any other similar form of talaq having the effect of instantaneous and irrevocable divorce pronounced by a Muslim husband“.

The passage of the Bill in Lok Sabha had witnessed intense debates, with several opposition members questioning the rationale behind criminalisation of talaq, which is essentially a civil wrong. N K Premachandran, MP from RSP and Asaduddin Owaisi, MP from AIMIM, voiced the apprheneshion that the stringent provisions of the bill will be used to target Muslim men. Since triple talaq has been declared to be void by the Supreme Court, there was no purpose achieved by criminalising it, they argued.