Triple talaq bill to be introduced in Rajya Sabha today

Glen Norman
January 2, 2018

Sources claimed that Opposition parties may avoid taking an individual stance vis-à-vis the triple talaq bill as it might send the wrong message at a time when the government has pitched it as a major step towards ensuring women's rights and empowerment.

"These days a number of reforms are being brought in".

The bill was passed with most of the leading parties in the Opposition, including the Congress party, voting in favour of the bill, but with caveats.

DMK MP Kanimozhi and NCP leader Majeed Memon also said they were against criminalisation and hence the triple talaq bill in its present form is not acceptable.

According to reports, with the numbers not favouring the government in the Rajya Sabha, it would be hard to get the bill passed as was done last Thursday in the Lok Sabha.

In 2017, the BJP emerged as the largest party in the Rajya Sabha vertook Congress to become the largest political party in the Rajya Sabha, where it now has 58 members against 57 of the main opposition party.

The bill, if implemented into a law, will make Triple Talaq a criminal offense. The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill is listed for introduction in the Rajya Sabha by Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on January 2, according to the list of business of the Upper House. It was passed by the Lok Sabha on Thursday last week.

Meanwhile, the opposition is demanding that the bill be first tabled to the select committee. The BJP-led NDA, however, is still short of a decisive majority in the house but the joining of JD (U) to the ruling block has further boosted its numbers. It would be a non-bailable offence.

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