Triple Talaq may become criminal offence, Centre may amend IPC

New Delhi: In a recent development, Centre is planning to amend a section of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) to make the practice of talaq-e-bidat a criminal offence.

As per the report published in Mathrubhumi, Highly placed sources in the Home Ministry told that instead of bringing an entirely new law, the government is mulling to amend IPC 497 and add a sub-section 497 (A). Once the amendment is made, the practice of talaq-e-bidat, that allows men to pronounce talaq thrice in one sitting and render the divorce irrevocable, will attract imprisonment up to 3 years.

Sources said the government is considering making it a criminal offence since such practices continue to prevail in the society even after the Supreme Court’s injunction. A bill in this regard will be tabled in the next Parliament session after the Cabinet’s approval.


In a historic order on August 22, Supreme Court of India has ruled that triple talaq in one sitting among Muslims is “void, illegal and unconstitutional”.

The five member constitutional bench took more than three months to come up with its 395-page judgment on triple talaq and with 3:2 majority instant triple talaq have been quashed.

The majority verdict said the practice of divorce through triple talaq is manifestly arbitrary and violative of the Constitution and must be struck down.

The minority verdict by Chief Justice JS Khehar and Justice S Abdul Nazeer favoured keeping on hold the practice of triple talaq for six months. The judges in the minority verdict also said that if the Centre does not bring a law within six months, then its injunction on triple talaq will continue.