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India's lower house OKs end to instant divorce for Muslims

India's lower house OKs end to instant divorce for Muslims

NEW DELHI (AP) — The lower house of India's Parliament has approved a bill to implement the Supreme Court's ruling that the Muslim practice of instant divorce was unconstitutional.

The Congress and other main opposition parties walked out of the house Thursday in opposition to a three-year jail term for a husband who divorced in such a way. The bill also had no clarity on spousal support if men were jailed for an instant divorce.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government doesn't have a majority in the upper house and will need some opposition support to make the bill a law.

The Supreme Court ruled that allowing Muslim men to divorce by simply uttering the Arabic word for divorce — "talaq" — three times was unconstitutional.


Updated : 2021-04-13 22:48 GMT+08:00