India criminalizes Muslim ‘instant divorce’

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    India’s parliament has approved a bill that makes the Muslim practice of “instant divorce” a criminal offence.

    “Triple talaq” allows a husband to divorce his wife by repeating the word “talaq” (divorce) three times in any form, including email or text message.

    According to the BBC, the move has been supported by some who say it protects Muslim women.

    Opponents however say the punishment is harsh and open to misuse.

    Men found in breach of the new law can be jailed for up to three years.

    In 2017, India’s Supreme Court declared the practice unconstitutional.

    The bill was first tabled later that year, but stalled in the Upper House of parliament, where some MPs called it unfair.

    The bill was passed today by 99 votes to 84, after a number of walkouts and abstentions.