Triple Talaq Bill to be introduced in Rajya Sabha today

Triple Talaq Bill to be introduced in Rajya Sabha today

Triple Talaq Bill to be introduced in Rajya Sabha today

RS adjourned till 12 pm.

The bill makes the instant triple talaq a criminal offence and proposes a three-year jail term for any Muslim man who says "talaq" thrice to divorce his wife. Congress member Anand Sharma too moved a motion to send the bill to a Select Committee.

The making of the bill by the Centre is preceded by the Supreme Court's directive which clearly passed an order past year against the practice and also asked the central government to make law as early as possible. The judges appealed to Parliament to come out with a law. However, women's activist Shabnam Khan extended complete support to the bill, reasoning that the issue of the divorcee woman's expenses raised by opposition now also existed when triple talaq was in place.

Ganesh Singh (BJP) said the government has proved that it was for empowering the OBCs and the Bill underscored this commitment. The Congress with 57 members and Trinamool Congress which has 12 members are uncomfortable opposing the Bill in the Upper House. "I am confident that all parties will cooperate in the Rajya Sabha", Pradhan said. He also suggested names of members for the Standing Committee.

Jaitley said the resolutions flouted laid down rules that these should be submitted 24-hours in advance.

"We are all for this bill, it is a faulty bill". "The practice (of triple talaq) was declared unconstitutional on August 22".

Former Supreme Court lawyer Indira Jaisingh also has profound reservations about the bill, particularly over the fact that it will likely make any possible reconciliation between couples even more hard.

The point was naturally exploited by Jaitley to lead Treasury benches' charge against the Opposition: "What is the kind of parliamentary practice that you are creating".

It now remains to be seen whether, with just two sittings of Parliament's winter session left, the Rajya Sabha will be able to discuss and pass the contentious draft legislation or whether it would, as per the demand of the Opposition, be sent for consideration of a select committee, thereby stalling its enactment for at least another three months. In the weekly meeting of BJP MPs, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah were also present.

Khurshid Ahmed Saiyed, chairman of the Congress's minority department, said a law of this nature requires thorough discussion with all stakeholders and even religious heads to ensure its effective implementation. "Legislature must act with sense of responsibility". "BJP is trying to misguide Muslim women for its own gain", Ms Banerjee said. It was a mere sham that they gave a statement and supported the Bill. "All we ask for is that talk to all stakeholders", he said. We are not hypocrites. "We want a division".

"The BJP has brought this bill in a hurry to get political mileage and cause communal polarisation", he added.

The Pune violence issue provided reason for disruption right from the begining of the proceedings and the house witnessed repeated adjournments.

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