What Does the Ordinance on Triple Talaq Really Mean for Muslims?

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What Does the Ordinance on Triple Talaq Really Mean for Muslims?

Illustration: Robin Chakraborty

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he days of Muslim men being able to divorce their wives instantaneously upon uttering the words “talaq, talaq, talaq” seem to be numbered, with the government passing an ordinance making the practice a punishable offense. A full year after the Supreme Court termed the custom of triple talaq “unconstitutional”, the issue has divided public opinion once again, with opposing camps voicing conflicting opinions on the ordinance.

But first, a short lesson in civics. Signed by the President of India, an ordinance is a temporary law passed on the recommendation of the Union Cabinet. However, like all ordinances, the move to make triple talaq punishable by a fine and a three-year jail sentence is a temporary measure. Unless it is approved by both houses within six weeks of the next session of Parliament, or if one of the two houses passes a disapproval resolution, this ordinance will cease to operate.

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