Triple talaq ordinance to lapse this month; may get re-promulgated
The triple talaq ordinance, which seeks to make the practice of instant divorce a penal offence, will lapse later this month as a bill to convert it into a law is stuck in the Rajya Sabha.
Sources in the government said the ordinance is set to be reissued, but its timing is yet to be decided.
An ordinance has a life of six months. But from the day a session begins, it has to be replaced by a bill which should be passed by Parliament within 42 days (six weeks), else it lapses. The government is at liberty to re-promulgate the ordinance if the bill fails to get through Parliament.
The ordinance will lapse on January 22, the 42nd day after the Winter Session began on December 11 last year, the sources pointed out.
“The ordinance lapses just a week before the Budget Session commences on January 31…Government will push for the bill in the session. But whether the ordinance be repromulgated soon after it expires is yet to be decided. Another option would be to wait till the end of the Budget Session in mid February. If the bill is not passed, the ordinance could be reissued then,” a senior functionary explained.
A fresh bill to make the practice of triple talaq among Muslims a penal offence was introduced in the Lok Sabha on December 17 last year to replace an ordinance issued in September.