Triple talaq bill likely to be tabled in Rajya Sabha tomorrow

Geneva Matthews
January 3, 2018

Although the bill was listed, Rajya Sabha did not take it up since Opposition members said the business advisory committee had not allocated it time.

After the crucial Triple Talaq bill was passed in the Lok Sabha last week, the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill seeking to criminalise instant divorce is set to be tabled in the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday.

"The way the triple talaq bill was passed in the Lok Sabha, it will be passed in Rajya Sabha too with constructive debate and discussion".

According to reports, the government may give in to the demand of the opposition and table the draft to a parliamentary panel first. Some of the smaller parties, however, had opposed the bill. The opposition criticised the government of not deliberating on the bill while insisting on referring it to the Select Committee.

The government hailed the passing of the bill in Lok Sabha as "historic".

The Congress would consult a larger opposition before finalizing its stand on the Bill, party sources said.

Some Opposition leaders even demanded a 12-hour debate, which was also ruled out by the government.

According to a source present at the meeting, the Congress suggested that the legislation be sent to the select committee by the BAC itself.

The Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) said various Muslim bodies in the country would move the Supreme Court if the bill is also passed by the Rajya Sabha.

However, owing to the lack of a majority of the government in the Rajya Sabha, there are chances that the Bill may be impeded or blocked. "Hope the opposition, including the Congress, supports it", he said. "Hope for a smooth passage of the bill in the Rajya Sabha", said Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar.

The Triple Talaq Bill was recently passed by the Lok Sabha. "If we put our heads together in good faith, I am certain we can find a way to stop the practice of instant triple talaq, protect women's rights and mitigate risks of abuse from this piece of legislation". There is no black and white solution to this. "Let it go for reconsideration to Select Committee", says NCP leader Majeed Memon. What should be the fate of triple talaq affected women?

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