Rajya Sabha session ends without voting on 'triple talaq' bill

Muslims protest against Muslim Women Bill at Kumbakonam on Saturday

Muslims protest against Muslim Women Bill at Kumbakonam on Saturday

The Government is adamant it will not cede to the opposition and send the Bill to a panel.

The bill, already cleared by the Lok Sabha, could not be passed in the upper house due to a deadlock over Opposition's demand to send it to the Select Committee for close scrutiny.

The Rajya Sabha was adjourned sine-die earlier today, the last day of Winter Session of Parliament.

While banning the instant Talaq, the Bill proposed punishment in the form of fine and jail to the man and paved way for handing over the custody of children to the wife.

On the possibility of bringing in an ordinance till the Bill gets cleared, Kumar said, "The dates for the Budget Session have already been announced".

Parliamentary Affairs Minister H.N. Ananthkumar blamed the Congress for stalling the crucial Legislation and alleged that the Opposition came up with a new excuse everyday to defer its passage. "There is anger among people on this issue".

Muslim women had petitioned the court, arguing the practice of husbands divorcing them through "triple talaq", including by Skype and WhatsApp, not only violated their rights but left many women destitute.

"This winter session was very successful".

He added that a total of 22 bills were passed in both - the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha - during the 13 working days of the winter session.

Yesterday, The Congress stated that they were in favour of the triple talaq bill, but have rejected it as the current government did not give any "clarity" over the sustenance of the victims. He also claimed that during the court proceeding, Attorney General of India said the government is against of any kind of Talaq. We want equality and respect for the Muslim women, and the Congress is opposing it.

"They (BJP) are squarely responsible for this impasse in Rajya Sabha. The government has not clarified about the sustenance of the victims", Ghulam Nabi Azad said, in a press conference.

Parliament cleared 10 bills while 15 new bills were introduced amid frequent standoffs between the government and the Opposition over issues such as Prime Minister Narendra Modi's remarks against his predecessor Manmohan Singh, caste violence in Maharashtra and the terror attack in Pulwama.

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