Consensus eludes triple talaq Bill; legislation not tabled in RS

Kristopher Drake
January 3, 2018

Meanwhile, Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad has convened a meeting of the leaders of the Congress as well as other parties in his Parliament chamber on Tuesday, before the bill is taken up.

The govt is set to table the anti-triple talaq bill in the Rajya Sabha tomorrow.

Earlier, Ananth Kumar said the government was in talks with the Congress and other parties for ensuring smooth passage of the bill in the Upper House.

The opposition parties are said to be planning for either amendment against criminalising triple talaq or referring the Bill to a select committee for detailed consideration. But Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu-led TDP, which is an ally of the BJP has mostly supported the Narendra Modi government on issues so far, but seem disinclined to go along on the issue of the triple talaq bill. "I believe all our office-bearers will talk to all parties, and all parties will understand the problem faced by our aggrieved sisters".

According to Business Standard, the Centre described the voting as "historic" and even said that there is no doubt that the Bill will be passed in Rajya Sabha as well. However, with the numbers not favouring the government in the Rajya Sabha, it would be hard to "bulldoze" the Bill through as was done last Thursday in the Lok Sabha. What should be the fate of triple talaq affected women?

The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2017, cleared by the Lok Sabha, is scheduled to come up in the Upper House on Tuesday, but the Opposition is likely to prevail upon the government to send it to a select committee on the grounds that the opinion of various community bodies and NGOs have not been taken while drafting the legislation.

The Lok Sabha has on thursday passed the controversial bill making instant talaq illegal with up to three years in jail for the husband.

Several Muslim groups, including the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB), allege "illegality" in provisions of the bill that criminalises instant triple talaq. "We have told Congress that since they have not pressed for any amendments in the Lok Sabha, they should do the same in the Rajya Sabha", Kumar said.

The Opposition has argued that the penal offence will remove all hopes of reconciliation as a man sent to jail will not agree to any arbitration.

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