The Indian Parliament has passed legislation that bans the centuries-old right of a Muslim man to divorce his wife immediately.
Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist government urges to criminalize "Triple Talaq", which allows a man to divorce by pronouncing the word "Talaq", meaning divorce in Arabic three times in the presence of his wife.
Following the vote in the House of Lords on Tuesday, all it takes is the President's signature ̵
The lower house supported the bill, which states that anyone who practices an immediate divorce is punishable last week. India is one of the few countries where the practice has legally survived. It was declared "unconstitutional" by the Supreme Court two years ago.
"This is a historic day, the injustice that has been going on with Muslim women has been brought to justice by the Indian Parliament," said Justice Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad in Delhi.
Some Indian Muslim groups said Triple Talaq was wrong, but believe that the practice should be reviewed by community leaders rather than the government.
Asaduddin Owaisi, a member of the opposition All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslims, said the BJP had not reformed Hindu society, targeting Muslims instead. The BJP denies the allegation, but opposes the appeasement of a community.