New Delhi: The BJP on Tuesday issued a whip to its Lok Sabha members to be present in the House on 27 December when the triple talaq bill will be taken up for discussion and is likely to be put to vote.
The three-line whip is a strict instruction to the Members of Parliament from their respective party, which necessitates their presence in the House and participation in voting. Any breach of the whip has serious consequences, including disciplinary action against the violators of the whip.
The fresh triple talaq bill aims to make the practice of instant triple talaq among Muslims an offence under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) with the provision of three-year jail for the husband. The bill, which was introduced in the Lok Sabha on 17 December, will replace the ordinance issued by the Central government in September, banning the instant triple talaq.
With the Lok Sabha failing to function properly due to disruptions ever since the Winter Session began on 11 December, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan last Friday had chaired a meeting of the Rules Committee, during which law to punish erring members with disciplinary action was favoured.
In that meeting, while referring to Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge's comments that his party was ready to discuss the instant triple talaq bill on 27 December, the Speaker had said: "I believe that on 27th, the House will function smoothly."
The instant triple talaq was taken up in Parliament in August last year, after a five-judge bench of the Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional a law that allowed Muslim men to divorce their wives simply by uttering "talaq" three times in quick succession.
In a landmark 3-2 verdict, the apex court found the practice un-Islamic and "arbitrary" and disagreed that triple talaq was an integral part of religious practice.
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Updated Date: Dec 26, 2018 08:24:12 IST