NCP wants Triple Talaq Bill be referred to Select Committee
02 January, 2018, 12:35 | Author: Jason Torres
A milestone bill that makes instant "triple talaq" a criminal offense is scheduled for the preamble in the Rajya Sabha today but it may get deferred to Wednesday as offering the ruling party to an opportunity to attempt and build consensus on the matter after an extended weekend. "Maybe tomorrow", Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar told reporters outside Parliament.
However, the Bill was opposed by MPs from RJD, AIMIM, BJD, AIADMK and All India Muslim League, who called it arbitrary in nature.
The bill is listed for introduction in the Upper House of Parliament by Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad. "Hope the opposition, including the Congress, supports it", he said.
The government lacks a majority in the upper House and is making efforts for the bill's smooth passage by reaching out to opposition parties.
The legislative department had clarified: "The proposed Bill is to protect the rights of married Muslim women and to prohibit divorce by pronouncing talaq-e-biddat by their husbands".
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday issued a three line whip for all its Lok Sabha (LS) and Rajya Sabha (RS) members.
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 government hailed the passing of the bill in Lok Sabha as "historic".
The controversial bill had met with mixed reaction from all political parties when it was presented in the lower house.
Meanwhile, the opposition is demanding that the bill be first tabled to the select committee. The party, however, opposes the provision in the bill criminalising the pronouncement of instantaneous triple talaq.
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