Parliament Winter Session Latest updates: The Parliament on Thursday passed the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, commonly known as the triple talaq bill with 245 ayes as opposed to 11 noes. The house was adjourned till Friday.
With 238 ayes 238 and 12 noes, the triple talaq bill motion was adopted for consideration. Now, the voting for clause by clause consideration to be adopted is underway in the Parliament.
Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge said that his party is staging a walkout from the Parliament amid the triple talaq bill debate. AIADMK floor leader also endorsed his views and staged a walkout. Thereafter, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan ordered for the lobbies to be cleared for voting on the motion.
Ravi Shankar Prasad asked that, "If Dowry law can be passed, why not Triple Talaq Bill. Prasad told the Lok Sabha that the bill has made the offence compoundable, meaning that the case can be withdrawn if the man and his estranged wife reach a compromise and that only the wife and her close relatives can file an FIR, ruling out the scope for any misuse.
“This bill is in violation of our culture. In Islam, marriage is a contract. Talaq is a violation of the contract. But, sending the man to jail is wrong. It will abandon the women” said AIMIM’s Asaduddin Owaisi.
Textile minister Smriti Irani said in the Parliament that it is shameful for everyone that 477 cases of triple talaq came to light after the supreme court verdict. She said that even the Islamic Jurisprudence also says that 'Talaq-e-Biddat' is a criminal offence
TDP MP from Guntur Jayadev Galla said that the government should focus more on saving the lives of men and women being lynched in the BP-governed states as he opposed the bill in its present form and sought changes in it. He also said that the triple talaq bill should be extended to the state of Jammu and Kashmir as well.
Congress buckled under the pressure of fanatics, didn't let a law be made against triple talaq, said BJP MP Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi. He said that just like the sati pratha, triple talaq should be banned.
AIADMK MP A Anwhar Raajhaa said that the triple talaq bill is against the provisions of the Sharia law and that it will "only break ties than protect rights" of the Muslim women. Calling it a "direct infringement in the Muslim personal law", Raajhaa said that his party sought changes in the current bill.
BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi said irrespective of faith, women inherently do not want divorce without a cause. "They want to lead a happy married life with their family. Be it a Christian, Hindu and Muslim women they mostly want to save their marriage. Men, on the other hand, have been seen to divorce women over most trivial cases. Hence, men cannot be given supreme right to summarily divorce his wife and abandon her," Lekhi said.
This government is speaking not just about women empowerment, it is speaking about women-led empowerment. 'We talk of making a marriage work, they talk of divorce,' Lekhi said adding that giving divorce is not a crime in itself, but something like triple talaq is frowned upon by Quran as well.
Ravi Shankar Prasad said, "20 Islamic nations have banned triple talaq, then why can't a secular nation like India? I request that this should not be looked through the prism of politics."
Congress leader in Lok Sabha, Mallikarjun Kharge said that this is a very important bill which needs detailed study. "It is also a constitutional matter. I request the bill be sent to joint select committee." Sudip Bandyopadhyay,of TMC also backed the Congress' demand stating that the bill be sent to joint select committee. "All Opposition is of the same opinion," Bandyopadhyay said.
Reports say that the BJP has decided to deploy its best speakers for the debate on the triple talaq bill. Union minister Smriti Irani and Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi are among the host of MPs from the Treasury benches to debate the issue.
Amid uproar in the Lower House, Sumitra Mahajan reminded Kharge of his previous statement in the House, when he assured that the Congress MPs will behave in Lok Sabha on Thursday, if the debate on triple talaq bill was rescheduled to that day. She said that she would allow Congress to bring up the issue of Rafale deal at 12 pm today as per the rules, but Zero Hour was not the time to take up such things. The Congress members, undettered, continued to protest loudly. Following this, she adjourned the House till 12 pm.
The politically sensitive bill which seeks to make the practice of instant triple talaq among Muslim men a penal offence will come up for discussion in Lok Sabha on Thursday. The Lok Sabha had last week on Thursday decided to take up the bill on December 27 after the Congress agreed to participate in the debate.
As the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2018, was taken up for consideration, Leader of the Congress in the House, Mallikarjun Kharge, had suggested it be taken up for discussion next week. Parliament is meeting on 27 December after a long weekend.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Narendra Singh Tomar sought an assurance from the Opposition that it would allow discussion on the bill without disruption. The ruling BJP has issued whip to its MPs, asking them to ensure their presence in the House on Thursday.
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Tomar's deputy Vijay Goel said the government is committed to pass the bill, which will benefit millions of Muslim sisters. He added that the Congress has assured of its participation in the discussion without any disruption.
Earlier, Kharge had said in the Lower House, "I request you to take the bill on 27 December. We are all going to participate. Our party and other political parties are ready to discuss (the bill)."
Lok Sabha has been witnessing disruptions over a range of issues, including protests by the Congress, which is demanding a joint parliamentary committee probe on the Rafale deal.
The fresh Bill to make the practice of triple talaq among Muslims a penal offence was introduced in Lok Sabha on 17 December to replace an ordinance issued in September. Under the proposed law, giving instant triple talaq will be illegal and void, and will attract a jail term of three years for the husband. The fresh bill will supersede an earlier bill passed in the Lok Sabha and pending in the Rajya Sabha.
The earlier bill was approved by the Lower House. But amid opposition by some parties in the upper house, the government had then cleared some amendments, including introduction of a provision of bail, to make it more acceptable.
However, as the bill continued to face resistance in the Rajya Sabha, the government issued an ordinance in September, incorporating the amendments.
An ordinance has a life of six months. But from the day a session begins, it has to be replaced by a bill which should be passed by Parliament within 42 days (six weeks), else it lapses.
The government is at liberty to re-promulgate the ordinance if the bill fails to get through Parliament.
Introducing the bill, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said despite the Supreme Court striking down the practice of talaq-e-biddat (instant triple talaq), terming it unconstitutional, divorces in this form were taking place.
Citing details of instant triple talaq cases, the government had last week informed Lok Sabha that till now 430 incidents of triple talaq have come to the notice of the government through the media. Of these, 229 were reported before the Supreme Court judgment, while another 201 came to the notice after it. These cases were reported between the period of January 2017 and 13 September, 2018.
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Updated Date: Dec 27, 2018 19:20:15 IST