The revised bill to make instant Triple Talaq - a practice among Muslim men to instantly divorce their wives by saying "Talaq" thrice, a punishable offence was passed in the Lok Sabha on Thurday after five-hour debate and a walkout by the Congress and the AIADMK.
The government's argument failed to convince most opposition parties, including Naveen Patnaik's BJD and the AIADMK, which wanted the revised bill to go to a select committee of the two houses of parliament.
The government introduced three provisions to stop misuse of the law. Under these, only a woman, or her close relative, can file a police case against her husband. A second amendment allows her to drop the case if the couple reaches a compromise. A third says the magistrate can decide on the husband's bail only after hearing the wife.