Can new divorce law protect Indian Muslim women? | Inside Story

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The use of the so-called ‘triple talaq’ by a man to divorce his wife is now outlawed in India

A Muslim man in India can no longer divorce his wife by simply uttering “talaq” – the Arabic word for divorce – three times.
If a husband tries to do that – he can now be jailed for up to three years.
The so-called ‘triple talaq’ method of instant divorce has been criminalised by India’s parliament.
The upper house passed the bill on Tuesday, two years after the Supreme Court declared the practice unconstitutional.
But it’s sharply divided lawmakers and campaigners. Those in favour say the new measure protects Muslim women.
Opponents say it’s unusual to criminalise divorce, and the punishment is harsh.
Others argue marriage problems should be reviewed by community leaders, and not the government.
So, is it politically motivated?

Presenter: Adrian Finighan

Desh Ratan Nigam, lawyer associated with the the legal wing of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh. A Hindu nationalist organisation.
Gareth Price, from Chatham House
Kamal Faruqui. founder of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board.

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