Anti-triple talaq bill in RS tomorrow

Triple talaq bill was cleared by the Lok Sabha. Reuters

Triple talaq bill was cleared by the Lok Sabha. Reuters

He added, "Last week, the government introduced the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) bill, 2017, in the Lok Sabha". As the govt doesn't have a majority in the upper house, it has engaged opposition parties in dialogue to ensure the legislation passes the upper house without a hitch to empower muslim women and protect their rights as well as dignity.

The Business Advisory Committee (BAC) of the Upper House met today and made a decision to allot four hours for discussion on the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, which was passed by the Lok Sabha last week.

The Bill outlaw triple talaq, and has condition for a maximum three-year jail term and fine for practising this form of divorce.

The party wants all its MPs' presence in the Parliament on January 2 and 3 for the passage of several crucial bills during the period. This bill also gives power to the victim to approach a magistrate seeking "subsistence allowance" for herself and minor children in the case of instant triple talaq or talaq-e- biddat.A victim can also seek the custody of her minor children from the magistrate.

Although the bill was listed, Rajya Sabha did not take it up since Opposition members said the business advisory committee had not allocated it time.

The Trinamool Congress and Left parties would press for referring the triple talaq bill to a select committee when it comes up for consideration in the Rajya Sabha tomorrow, sources in the two parties said today.

"The way the triple talaq bill was passed in the Lok Sabha, it will be passed in Rajya Sabha too with constructive debate and discussion".

On Tuesday, before the bill was tabled in the Rajya Sabha, the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK), the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) and others have noted their reservations over the bill and wanted it to be referred to a select panel of parliamentarians.

The Shiv Sena, an ally of the BJP, has also demanded the bill be sent to a select committee.

The Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) said various Muslim bodies in the country would move the Supreme Court if the bill is also passed by the Rajya Sabha.

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