Triple Talaq Bill passed Updates: Narendra Modi says legislation clearing RS hurdle is 'victory of gender justice'

  • The YSRCP, it was being said, would walk out of the Rajya Sabha, aiding the BJP in bringing the strength of the House.

  • However, the party sprung a surprise by announcing that it will vote against the bill

  • The Lok Sabha had on 25 July passed the contentious Bill to criminalise triple talaq

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Triple Talaq Bill passed Updates: Narendra Modi says legislation clearing RS hurdle is 'victory of gender justice'
  • 20:30 (IST)

    'You can’t help govt and then fail to understand need to pass bill': Omar Abdullah slams Mufti

    National Conference leader Omar Abdullah lashed out at PDP president Mehbooba Mufti over her tweet on triple talaq bill. Reacting to the bill being passed, he said, "The floor management of the BJP/NDA in the Rajya Sabha is quite something. So much for the treasury side not having the numbers in the Upper House! I’d be amazed if there is a single piece of legislation the government will struggle with in the Rajya Sabha."

  • 20:16 (IST)

    'Undue interference to punish Muslims': Mehbooba Mufti on triple talaq bill

    PDP president Mehbooba Mufti wrote on Twitter that she failed to understand the need to pass the triple talaq bill, since the Supreme Court had already declared the practice illegal. She said, "Undue interference seemingly to punish Muslims. Given the current state of the economy, should this really have been a priority?"

  • 20:13 (IST)

    Law on triple talaq will force woman to stay in marriage with an imprisoned man, says Asaduddin Owaisi

    AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi​ tweeted that the triple talaq bill should be seen only as "one part of many attacks on Muslim identity and citizenship since 2014". 

    "This law is against Muslim women and marginalises them even more. The law forces a woman to stay in a marriage with an imprisoned man who'd verbally and emotionally abused her. It puts the burden of proof on Muslim women and forces her into impoverishment. Existing laws provided stringent and comprehensive safeguards to all women — regardless of faith," he said.

  • 20:01 (IST)

    Implementation of triple talaq bill will empower Muslim women as their decision will matter, says NCW chairperson

  • 19:57 (IST)

    A moment of satisfaction for the entire country, says Kovind​

    President Ram Nath Kovind tweeted that the passage of the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill in the Rajya Sabha "completes Parliament's approval of ban on the inequitable practice of triple talaq". "A milestone in the quest for gender justice; a moment of satisfaction for the entire country," he said. The bill will become a law after getting the president's assent.

  • 19:50 (IST)

    Passage of triple talaq bill is proud moment, says Yogi Adityanath

     

    Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath said in an interview to ANI, "The passing of the triple talaq bill, under the guidance of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, is a proud moment. This is not aimed any community, but is for the dignity of women."

  • 19:42 (IST)

    Amit Shah congratulates Modi for 'fulfilling his commitment'

  • 19:27 (IST)

    Narendra Modi says Parliament has corrected 'a historical wrong'

  • 19:13 (IST)

    A historic mistake, says Raj Babbar on triple talaq bill

    After the Rajya Sabha cleared the triple talaq bill, Congress leader Raj Babbar said, "A civil law has been made a criminal law. It's a historic mistake."

  • 19:12 (IST)

    Lok Sabha passes The Code on Wages Bill, 2019

    The Code on Wages Bill, 2019 seeks to amend and consolidate the laws relating to wages and bonus and matters connected therewith.

  • 19:08 (IST)

    'Beginning of transforming India': RS Prasad on passing of triple talaq bill

    Stepping out of the Parliament after the triple talaq bill was passed in the Rajya Sabha, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said, "Today is a historic day. Both the Houses have given justice to the Muslim women. This is the beginning of a transforming India."

  • 18:57 (IST)

    Triple talaq bill still needs president's assent to become law

    The practice of triple talaq will only become a criminal offence after President Ram Nath Kovind clears it.

  • 18:45 (IST)

    Rajya Sabha passes triple talaq bill

    The Rajya Sabha passed The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2019, with 99 votes in favour and 84 against it.

  • 18:35 (IST)

    Opposition forced to vote against triple talaq bill, says Azad

    In the Rajya Sabha, Ghulam Nabi Azad said, "We wanted some modifications in the triple talaq bill. That's why we moved a resolution to send this bill to select committee, but it was rejected. Then we moved for an amendment not to criminalise the practice, but the government rejected that as well. That's why the Opposition is forced to vote against the bill."

  • 18:10 (IST)

    BSP, TRS, TDP missing from Rajya Sabha

    Members of the BSP, TRS, TDP are currently missing from Rajya Sabha during the voting process for the triple talaq bill. AIADMK and JD(U) had also staged walkouts earlier.

  • 18:05 (IST)

    Voting underway on triple talaq bill in Rajya Sabha

    The demand to send the triple talaq bill to the Select Committee was defeated 84-100. The voting process for the bill is currently underway.

  • 18:04 (IST)

    RS Prasad slams Congress over triple talaq bill

    "You spoke a lot today, Ghulam Nabi Azad. You (Congress) won 400 seats in 1986. There have been nine Lok Sabha elections after that, you did not get majority in any of them. Think why did that happen? You were 44 in 2014, 52 today. In 1986 you rose to 400, Shah Bano's case happened in 1986 and you never received a majority after that. I am giving you a food for thought," Ravi Shankar Prasad said in the Rajya Sabha.

    On Opposition parties questioning the jail term in the case of triple talaq, Prasad justified the move by citing the jail terms in anti-dowry law and for Hindu men marrying second time.

  • 17:57 (IST)

    Ravi Shankar Prasad responds to debate on triple talaq bill

    Responding to the triple talaq debate in Rajya Sabha, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad asserted that the House did not need the mandate of the Supreme Court to pass a law.

    He said that a woman had recently approaching him because her husband had given her triple talaq over WhatsApp. "Should I tell these women that you frame the Supreme Court judgment? If they go to the police, they'll be told that if there is no law then they can't file an FIR. I'm a minister in the Narendra Modi government and not the Rajiv Gandhi government. If there is a need for justice, we will bring a law on it," he said.

  • 17:43 (IST)

    Watch: Shiv Sena's Sanjay Raut speaks on triple talaq bill

  • 17:01 (IST)

    Bring law against those who leave their wives without using triple talaq, demands AAP MP

    Opposing the triple talaq bill, AAP MP Sanjay Singh raked up the Unnao car accident in which a rape survivor was critically injured, and recent mob lynching cases across the country. "You want to give justice to women? What happened in Unnao? An attempt was made to kill a rape survivor. The three-year jail term (in the triple talaq bill) itself is not right. A law should be made to deal with mob lynching," he said.

    Targetting the BJP for inducting Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, he said, "You don't want to give justice to Muslim women, you want to give justice to those women who hail Godse, who call Hemant Karkare 'deshdrohi'. You should instead bring a law against those men who have left their wives without resorting to teen talaq, and you will have our support in the Parliament."

  • 16:54 (IST)

    CPM asks why BJP is eager to protect Muslim women

    CPM leader KK Ragesh asked why the BJP was "so eager" to protect the Muslim women, and not women belonging to other religions. He said, "The country must understand the hidden agenda of the BJP. Do we have any personal law that has any penal provisions?" 

  • 16:50 (IST)

    SAD MP calls triple talaq bill a 'social reform'

    SAD MP Naresh Gujral lashed out at the Opposition parties which were opposing the triple talaq bill. "It is ironic that those parties who very strongly demand reservation for women are today the most vocal critics of this Bill. The very act of triple talaq belittles the dignity of the Muslim women. Many Muslim women constantly live in fear, and many victims literally live on the road."


    He further said, "I am glad that this law will finally criminalise triple talaq. I also appreciate that the government has included safeguards such as bail before the trial. When sati was abolished, there was a huge outcry in the country. Dowry act and others have all faced opposition. I would urge my friends, kindly do not view it through the prism of religion. This is a social reform."

  • 16:39 (IST)

    Sanjay Sinh resigns from Congress, Rajya Sabha, to join BJP
     
    Rajya Sabha member Sanjay Sinh, who hails from the Amethi royal family, resigned from the Congress on Tuesday and said he would join the BJP on Wednesday. Sinh, a Congress member of the Rajya Sabha from Assam, said he had also resigned from the Upper House of Parliament.
     
    Addressing a press conference, the leader said, "Congress is still in the past, unaware of the future. Today, the country is with the prime minister... I will join the BJP tomorrow. I Have resigned from the (Congress) party as well as my membership of Rajya Sabha."
     
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  • 16:32 (IST)

    All you need to know about triple talaq bill

  • 16:18 (IST)

    Open more awareness centres, suggests BJP MP
    Backing the Bill, BJP's Sonal Mansingh sought the opening of awareness centres. "There are certain opportunites (for awareness in the metro cities). But it's not so in the smaller cities. My suggestion is to open more awareness centres, where women are made aware of their rights, and given legal aid. The data collection is also an important point. There may be a number of cases which are not known," she said.

  • 16:09 (IST)

    This is pure politics, says NCP on triple talaq Bill

    As the Rajya Sabha discussed the triple talaq Bill, NCP MP Majeed Memon said, "My party is unable to accept the proposed Bill. As a student of law we are aware that when Supreme Court pronounces a judgment, it becomes a law."

    He further said, "For the purposes of giving effect to a law made by the Supreme Court, you are bringing about another law? You have to adequately promulgate the law in place by Supreme Court, but the government has failed to do so. You could've also approached Supreme Court when you found the order wasn't being implemented for various reasons," he said. "This is pure politics. We're not going to fall into your net of political advantage. Therefore, we're constrained to oppose this Bill."

  • 15:54 (IST)

    BJP MP Saroj Pandey slams Opposition over triple talaq Bill

    Lashing out at the Opposition for demanding that the triple talaq Bill be sent to Select Committee, BJP's Saroj Pandey said that the triple talaq Bill was a strong step towards women's empowerment. She said the three-year imprisonment will impart fear on the minds of men who would think of resorting to triple talaq. 

  • 15:31 (IST)

    Why selectively legislate based on minority judgments of Supreme Court, asks Ghulam Nabi Azad

    Ghulam Nabi Azad questioned the government's intention behind being so keen to legislate on the triple talaq issue, because the need for legislation was stressed upon in a minority judgment and it wasn't the unanimous view of the entire bench. He said, "Will you now implement each and every minority judgment given by the Supreme Court till date? If that is the case, I will like to see when will you bring in a law against mob lynching."

  • 15:24 (IST)

    Lok Sabha passes Consumer Protection Bill 2019 

    The Lok Sabha has passed the Consumer Protection Bill 2019 by a voice vote. 

  • 15:14 (IST)

    Don't pass bill by managed majority, RJD's Manoj Jha tells BJP

     

    Rashtriya Janata Dal's Manoj Kumar also opposes the bill saying that the government is yet to make a law on mob lynching but doesn't hesitate from enacting a ban on Triple Talaq.  He said that the government should not try to pass the bill through an arranged majority and refer the bill for scrutiny because it deals with a sensitive issue. 

  • 15:11 (IST)

    YSRCP opposes bill, will vote against draft law

  • 15:11 (IST)

    BJP practicing 'dog-whistle politics' on women empowerment, triple talaq bill, says RJD's Manoj Jha

     

    Rashtriya Janata Dal's Manoj Kumar also opposes the bill saying that the BJP is indulging in dog-whistle politics as the party indulges in double speak. He said that while you say at the heart of the bill is welfare of Muslim women. But why do they not talk about proper compensation. He said that the BJP should not make it a question of ego and refer the bill to standing committee for review. 

  • 15:00 (IST)

    After presenting their opposition to the bill against Triple Talaq, AIADMK walks out; BJP set to benefit

  • 14:59 (IST)

    BJD supports triple talaq bill but targets BJP by asking why oppose Sabarimala judgment if you want to empower women

     

    BJP MP Prassanna Acharya said that his party supports the Triple Talaq bill but "I believe that we indulge in double speak. When we speak about women empowerment power why do some of us oppose the Supreme Court when women are granted entry in Haji Ali or Sabarimala."

  • 14:45 (IST)

    There is no act called triple talaq that needs to be legislated, says AIADMK MP A Navaneethakrishnan

     

    A Navaneethakrishnan of the AIADMK said that the act which the government is referring to as the triple talaq has been deemed null and void, and it is not recognised in Islam. "So such an act, that you are calling triple talaq, doesn't exist. How can you bring a legislation to criminalise something which does not exist," he said.  

  • 14:31 (IST)

    Samajwadi Party's Javed Ali opposes bill 

    "This Bill does not have women's interests at heart," he says. "There are so many women who have been abandoned by their husbands in this country. Has the government planned to bring in a law to penalise husbands who have abandoned their wives and do not divorce them?"

  • 14:29 (IST)

    "If you have women welfare at heart, give them reservation, otherwise shush,' TMC's Dola Sen on triple talaq bill 

    Trinamool Congress MP Dola Sen said, "If the BJP wants to talk about women empowerment, then let them extend the Parliament session by one more day and bring in one more law on women's reservation. It will benefit 60,000 womenOtherwise, shush."

  • 14:20 (IST)

    TMC's Dola Sen says RSS believes woman who fails to keep her duties as wife can be abandoned; BJP MPs protest

    Trinamool Congress MP Dola Sen made a controversial statement in Rajya Sabha, stating that a woman who fails to fulfil her duties as a wife can be abandoned. She later attributed the quote to RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat without naming him. 

    This created an uproar in Rajya Sabha as BJP members objected loudly. 

  • 14:13 (IST)

    Dola Sen of TMC begins speech in Rajya Sabha

     

    Dola Sen of the TMC, who was protesting loudly before lunch because her 12-minute-long speech would be split in two parts because of the lunch break, has started speaking. She started her speech by elaborating on the fact that her party has 41 percent women MPs in Lok Sabha and is the party that has the only elected woman chief minister in the country.  

  • 14:02 (IST)

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  • 13:47 (IST)

    JD(U) walkout on triple talaq will assist govt instead of those opposing the bill

    The JD(U)'s stance on the triple talaq bill has been as confusing as it is political. The party says it does not approve of the bill in its current form. However, by walking out on the voting, it is in essence assisting the government, which is struggling to cobble up the numbers in Rajya Sabha. Had JD(U) decided to express its dissenting opinion from the NDA alliance in the form of vote, the bill would have been defeated in the Rajya Sabha, surely. But by walking out, the party which has seven members in the House has ensured that the strength of the house comes down further, thereby chipping away the number required to pass the bill 

  • 13:43 (IST)

    BJP extending patronage to rape-accused MLA Sengar: Opposition

    Opposition Congress, BSP and SP on Tuesday accused the ruling BJP of "extending patronage" to party MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar, who has been accused of raping a minor girl. 

     
    In a tweet, BSP president Mayawati said, "The meeting of BJP MP Sakshi Maharaj with the rape-accused BJP MLA in jail proved that the raped accused are continuously getting the patronage of the ruling BJP...The Supreme Court needs to take cognizance of it."
     
     
    Congress workers led by leader of the Legislature Party Ajay Kumar Lallu staged a dharna, demanding expulsion of the BJP lawmaker from the party.
    Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav, who met the family members of the rape survivor at the hospital, held the government fully responsible for the accident. "Can the state government not ensure justice to this beti (daughter). What is the fault of the family members . If something happens to the two injured who will be responsible for it," Yadav said.

  • 13:11 (IST)

    Rajya Sabha adjourned till 2 pm as no speaker agrees to give speech fractured by lunch break

  • 13:06 (IST)

    In supporting triple talaq bill, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi gives insight into govt's stance on Uniform Civil Code 

    Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi's speech on triple talaq quietly veered into the realm of uniform civil code, as  he slammed the colonial rulers for allowing personal law of one community under its principle of divide and rule. However, in doing so, Naqvi also advocated for a Uniform Civil Code being imposed. He asked that why can't the Constitution of secular India provide remedy for aggreived of all religions and castes. 

    The Opposition has constantly accused the BJP of pushing forth its agenda of a uniform civil code in the garb of the triple talaq bill

  • 12:48 (IST)

    Historic time in RS, says Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi as he refers to bill overturning Shahbano judgment 

     

    Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi of the BJP rose to speak in the Rajya Sabha by drawing a parallel between the time when Rajiv Gandhi-led Congress government tabled a bill "to trample upon and hijack the freedom and rights of Muslim women" while today the government is trying to restore those. 

  • 12:32 (IST)

    Triple talaq bill ignores trauma, stigma faced by victim, says Ami Yajnik 

    Yajnik says the Bill does not define what this means. She also asks, "How is the husband going to give maintenance if he already going to face criminal proceedings?"

    She also points out that the Bill does not specify what is to be done about the children while the parents are fighting it out in court. "Psychological counselling for children, care of children, all of this is given a complete go by in the Bill." The Bill also does not take into account the trauma and the stigma that the wife and children will have to face, she says.

  • 12:28 (IST)

    Bashistha Narayan Singh of JD(U) boycotts triple talaq bill in Rajya Sabha

  • 12:26 (IST)

    Amee Yajnik says women across religions face desertion 

     

    Amee Yajnik said that women across religions, across caste face desertion. "Why does this government not care about the plight of all women?, she asks.

    "We have not taken into consideration the plight of all the women. I am not against this Bill. I am all for this Bill, but this Bill does not consider problems of all women," she says.

  • 12:24 (IST)

    You brought alien element in family unit: Congress MP on triple talaq law 

    Congress MP Yajnik continued her speech and said that she disagrees with the section of the bill that allows a blood relative to file an FIR. She said who is a thrid person to intervene in a family unit.  

  • 12:18 (IST)

    Amee Yajnik, INC says bill lacks 'thoughtful consideration'; says bill will push women in criminal jurisprudence arena 

     

    Congress MP Amee Yajnik spoke against the bill in Rajya Sabha. She said that while the minister quoted the Supreme Court's judgment while tabling the bill, he forgot to mention the two words the court lay stress upon: "thoughtful consideration"

    She said that the government threw thoughtful consideration out of the window by pushing a woman into the criminal jurisprudence into a magistrate's court, instead of a family court where she can raise her family's matter in a dignified and private manner. 

    "An already distraught woman will now be made to deal with criminal justice system, jostle in magistrate court to seek bail for her husband, seek maintenance, custody of children. SC never asked for such a remedy to be given," she asked. 

Parliament Latest Updates: Reacting to the triple talaq bill being passed in the Rajya Sabha, Narendra Modi said, "Parliament abolishes Triple Talaq and corrects a historical wrong done to Muslim women. This is a victory of gender justice and will further equality in society."

Stepping out of the Parliament after the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2019 was passed in the Rajya Sabha, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said, "Today is a historic day. Both the Houses have given justice to the Muslim women. This is the beginning of a transforming India." The practice of triple talaq will only become a criminal offence after President Ram Nath Kovind clears it.

The demand by some Opposition members to send the triple talaq bill to the Select Committee was rejected. The voting process for the bill is currently underway.

CPM leader KK Ragesh asked why the BJP was "so eager" to protect the Muslim women, and not women belonging to other religions. He said, "The country must understand the hidden agenda of the BJP. Do we have any personal law that has any penal provisions?" AAP MP Sanjay Singh said that the Centre should instead bring a law against those men who have left their wives without resorting to teen talaq.

As the Rajya Sabha discussed the triple talaq Bill, NCP MP Majeed Memon said his party was unable to accept the proposed Bill. He said, "For the purposes of giving effect to a law made by the Supreme Court, you are bringing about another law? You have to adequately promulgate the law in place by Supreme Court, but the government has failed to do so. You could've also approached Supreme Court when you found the order wasn't being implemented for various reasons," he said. "This is pure politics. We're not going to fall into your net of political advantage. Therefore, we're constrained to oppose this Bill."

The YSRCP, it was being said, would walk out of the Rajya Sabha, aiding the BJP in bringing the strength of the House.  However, the party sprung a surprise by announcing that it will vote against the bill.

The JD(U) walkout is likely to help the government in passage of triple talaq bill in 241-member Rajya Sabha, where the majority mark is 121. The JD(U), which doesn't support the bill, has seven members in the upper house. The NDA has 113 lawmakers in Rajya Sabha and after the JD(U) walkout the majority mark to pass the bill is set to dip. Parties like AIADMK and TRS may also abstain from voting or walk out of the House.

Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad is introducting The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2019. "Today is a historic day. Although this practice has been banned in many Islamic countries, India which is a secular country hasn't been able to ban the practice of Triple Talaq," Prasad says.

The BJP may just manage to get the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2019 passed in Rajya Sabha. With BJD's support and with several parties set to abstain from voting the BJP, which is in minority in Rajya Sabha, may just manage to get the bill passed. The number math to follow in the subsequent posts.

The Lok Sabha witnessed uproar and sloganeering over the Unnao rape case. The teen who was raped in 2017, allegedly by BJP legislator Kuldeep Sengar, is critical after she met with an accident on Sunday. Two women, the teen's aunts, died in the car crash and her laywer was injured. The opposition raised slogan in the house

The BJP has been assured of support on the triple talaq bill by allies Shiv Sena and Akali Dal in Rajya Sabha. However, another ally of the ruling coalition, JD(U) has made it clear that it will either abstain from voting or oppose the bill. However, the party expects some respite as the Odisha's ruling party BJD, which is neither in NDA nor the combined Opposition, has said it will vote in favour of the bill in the Rajya Sabha.

The Central government is likely to move the triple talaq Bill in the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday, sources said.

The BJP has issued a three-line whip to its Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha MPs to be present in both the Houses on Tuesday and support the Bills introduced by the government.

The Lok Sabha had on 25 July passed the contentious Bill to criminalise triple talaq amidst a walkout by Opposition members, who accused the government of singling out a community.

The Bill was passed with 302 votes in favour and 82 against in a division.

The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2019, seeks to criminalise the act of instant divorce among Muslims with a three-year jail sentence for men who practice triple talaq, which has been made illegal by the Supreme Court.

Updated Date: Jul 30, 2019 21:06:37 IST