Triple Talaq bill to be tabled in Rajya Sabha on Tuesday

Narendra Modi

Triple Talaq bill to be tabled in Rajya Sabha on Tuesday

Several Opposition parties had insisted on wider consultations to address alleged loopholes in the bill, although it received the Lok Sabha's nod on Thursday.

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.

The controversial bill had met with mixed reaction from all political parties when it was presented in the lower house.

Experts have opined that the Bill may not be passed immediately, as the incumbent BJP lacks majority in the Rajya Sabha and the Congress had opposed the imprisonment and maintenance clauses of the Triple Talaq Bill. "The Triple Talaq Bill is one of them", Naqvi, who is the Minority Affairs Minister, told reporters in New Delhi.

The bill seeks to make instant triple talaq in any form spoken, in writing or by electronic means such as email, SMS and WhatsApp as bad or illegal and void.

Two key reforms bills are likely to come up for an intense debate in the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday.

The proposed law, which stipulates up to three years of jail and a penalty for violators, was passed amidst concern from Opposition members that it was criminalising what was essentially a civil procedure, and that it could be misused.

Internal discussions saw participation and concurrence by major ministries as well as a dozen state governments. Worse, the offense will be cognizable and non-bailable. "Any man with half a brain would realise that the proposed law would land him in jail for saying something that has no practical impact as far as his marriage is concerned", Soz writes. This bill needs a comprehensive review and a careful assessment for its consequences on Muslim men and women.

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