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The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved an ordinance or an executive order on the Triple Talaq bill, making it a criminal act, sources confirmed.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi led-government approved the ordinance after it could not be tabled in the Rajya Sabha due to lack of consensus last month during the monsoon session of the Parliament even as the Union Cabinet had approved an amendment to the Bill.

The Ordinance is likely to kick off a controversy as the Congress had opposed the "criminalization" aspect in the Triple Talaq Bill.

Immediately after the approval of the Ordinance, Congress party spokesperson Randeep Surjewala accused the Prime Minister Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government of politicising the women issue.

"Prime Minister Modi government is not making this an issue for justice for Muslim women, but is making this into a political issue," said Surjewala.

Triple Talaq, or verbal divorce, is often practiced by a section in the Muslim community in India to instantly divorce their wives by uttering the word 'Talaq' three times.

Several Muslim and women organizations have, over the years, decried the practice, calling it un-Islamic and anti-women.