1. What’s the story?
On Thursday, Lok Sabha passed the historic Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill 2019. Also known as the Triple Talaq Bill, it essentially criminalizes the practice of instant triple talaq. (Quick recap: The triple talaq is a practice that allows a Muslim man to legally divorce his wife by stating the word “talaq” thrice in oral, written, or electronic format.) Even though the Bill was passed, most Opposition parties were against it — accusing the Government of targeting only one community in its legislative zeal.
2. Where else should I be looking at?
Pakistan, that’s where. In a landmark declaration, the Pakistani Prime Minister admitted to the presence of Pakistan-backed militants in Kashmir. Earlier this week, Imran Khan made the following statement: “Until we came into power, the governments did not have the political will, because when you talk about militant groups, we still have about 30,000-40,000 armed people who have been trained and fought in some part of Afghanistan or Kashmir.” India’s Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) was swift to issue a statement, declaring it a “glaring admission by the Pakistani leadership.” The MEA also stated that it was time for Islamabad to take “credible and irreversible action” against terror groups.
3. What more?
On Wednesday, it was reported that current Home Minister, Amit Shah, will lead a panel to examine ways to prevent workplace sexual harassment in the country. The panel also includes Finance Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman and Women and Child Development Minister, Smriti Irani. Some people, though, were not happy about this development, since Shah himself had once been accused “of employing state machinery to keep a young woman in Gujarat under illegal surveillance…”
4. Anything else?
Nalini, one of the main accused in the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi, has been granted regular parole of one month for the first time in 28 years. Madras High Court granted her the parole so that she could make arrangements for the wedding of her daughter, Harithra. Here is how she plans to spend it.
5. Is that all?
Kolkata’s ancient, crumbling, predominantly male-centric “messbaris” are being lovingly documented by an intrepid group of researchers in the city.
6. Before you leave…
Take a look at how the UK is quite jittery about its newly minted Prime Minister.