Instant talaq bill listed for today in rajya sabha

BJP minority cell workers at the Jharkhand party office in Ranchi celebrate the passage of the triple talaq bill in the Lok Sabha on Friday

The Congress party, which demanded the bill to be referred to standing committee, may have its way as the bill may finally be referred to a parliamentary committee for review.

When the Bill was in the Lok Sabha, most of the leading parties in the Opposition, including Congress, had voted in its favour.

The Bill which also aims at awarding a three-year jail term to husbands practising triple talaq was earlier cleared by the Lok Sabha.

According to Opposition sources, BJP seems to be "isolated" on this bill except its allies SAD and Shiv Sena likely to come up its support, in the Upper House. We have demanded that the Bill must go to the select committee so that it can be considered carefully.

The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, which was listed for consideration and passage on Tuesday, could not be taken up as there was no consensus on the contents of the legislation. 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.

As per the Rajya Sabha's list of business, the instant talaq Bill should be taken up by the House on Tuesday. What should be the fate of triple talaq affected women?

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MPs noted that the government has conceded in Lok Sabha that the bill was conceived without consultations with Muslim groups and argued it was imperative that this gap be now filled because parliamentary committees, as a matter of procedure, take the views of a cross-section of people.

The BAC has allotted time of four hours for a discussion on the bill on Wednesday.

Several Muslim groups, including the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB), allege "illegality" in provisions of the bill that criminalises instant triple talaq.

"I have complete conviction that Congress will support the Bill the same way it did in Lok Sabha, or else the minority women will not spare them", Union Minister Giriraj Singh told ANI on Monday.

Interestingly, NDA ally TDP is also opposed the passing of the bill in its present form, according to sources.

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