04 January 2018

Govt agrees to opposition's demand for sending Triple Talaq Bill to Parliament Panel for review: Sources

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04 Jan.2018: 15 Rabial Aakhir 1439:Vol:9, No:90
Govt agrees to opposition's demand for sending Triple Talaq Bill to Parliament Panel for review: Sources


NEW DELHI:  Hopelessly outnumbered in the Rajya Sabha, the government has agreed to the Opposition's demand to send the landmark triple talaq bill to a parliament committee for review, sources have said. The bill can now be passed only in the next session of Parliament - the panel will have to be constituted and then it will scrutinise the bill and suggested changes.A united opposition faced off with the government in the Rajya Sabha yesterday, stalling a debate as it insisted that a resolution to send the bill to a select committee of the House be voted on. The bill, which seeks to make instant triple talaq illegal with up to 3 years in jail as punishment, was passed last week by the Lok Sabha, where the government has a big majority.The government had been pushing to pass the bill in the Rajya Sabha too in the current winter session, which ends tomorrow. But in the upper house it is in a minority and also doesn't have the support on this bill of friendly parties like the AIADMK and the Biju Janata Dal and even two allies - the Shiv Sena and the TDP- who too want a select committee to review the provisions of the bill.The chairman of the Rajya Sabha M Venkaiah Naidu and the leader of the house Arun Jaitley had met for over half an hour yesterday to find an end to the stalemate; the govt has to move a resolution to send the bill to a select committee to end the deadlock.As it tabled the bill on Wednesday, the government made a strong appeal to pass it to ensure the practice of Muslim men divorcing their wives by saying talaq thrice is stopped. It has accused the Congress of hypocrisy for opposing the bill in the Rajya Sabha after not doing so in the Lok Sabha. BJP wanted a debate in the upper house to "expose the double standards of the Congress," before an inevitable surrender on account of the opposition's superior numbers in the Rajya Sabha."The Congress is not ready for a discussion. It wants to keep the bill pending. The double standard of the Congress has been revealed. It is a matter of deep regret," said Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Wednesday." He stressed that passing the triple talaq bill "is a matter of women's dignity."The Congress has charged the ruling party with "politics" over the issue, saying the bill's provisions need to be strengthened to really help Muslim women. "Parliament can't be a rubber stamp," said the Congress's Anand Sharma.The Congress had last week repeatedly urged the government to refer the bill to a standing committee for review when it came up in the Lok Sabha. It has been careful to underline that it strongly backs any move to abolish the triple talaq, but wants provisions to be strengthened to effectively safeguard the interests of women.The Congress and other parties have opposed the provision for a 3-year jail term in the bill arguing that if a man who abandons his family goes to jail, he will not be able to provide for them. There are also concerns that if the law is passed, it would give anyone the right to complain to the police about the triple talaq to register a case and arrest the man.NDTV
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