In Rajya Sabha, MPs demand triple talaq bill sent to Select Committee

Triple Talaq Bill would introduce tomorrow in RS

Anti-triple talaq bill in RS tomorrow

BJP leaders feel the party gains both in getting the Bill passed on the same day - as it can then take credit for getting the landmark legislation passed that would win it some support from aggrieved Muslim women - and in it being sent to a select committee, as then the ruling party would go to town alleging Congress and others have delayed the Bill. The bill will be introduced on Wednesday in all likelihood. The bill made triple talaq illegal with up to three years in jail for the husband.

The govt has got the Lok Sabha's stamp of approval for The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill in its efforts to end the evil practice of triple talaq.

According to the government sources, the bill will be tabled in Rajya Sabha on Wednesday.

The Congress had earlier said that the bill should be referred to a select panel of parliamentarians to nuance some provisions of it that opposition leaders in the Lok Sabha had argued.

Apart from the usual band of Opposition parties - Congress, Trinamool Congress, CPM, CPI, DMK, SP, BSP, BJD - working together on this, even the AIADMK which has on many occasions so far bailed out the government, seemed inclined on Tuesday to support the bill being sent off to a Select Committee.

The Bill criminalizing instant triple talaq may be facing Opposition in certain quarters and muslim women and petitioners in the Supreme Court are all for it.

Meanwhile, the government urged the Congress not to press for amendments to the bill in the Rajya Sabha. We hope for a smooth passage in Rajya Sabha, " Mr Kumar told reporters here.

The Shiv Sena, an ally of the BJP, has also demanded the bill be sent to a select committee. "Shouldn't a Bill of this nature have required a discussion?"

The Congress has asked the government to make triple talaq a permissive offence and that punishment be decreased to a two-year maximum sentence.

"This is important. For saying something that has no legal effect, the government proposes to send the offending man to jail".

Before ending his column, Soz suggested the government to review the bill. "There is no question of us not standing by anything that empowers women".

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