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Congress says BJP's stance on triple talaq bill is not clear

06 January 2018

The government has made a decision to put the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2017, which seeks to criminalise instant divorce by uttering talaq thrice, for consideration on Friday - the last day of the winter session. Last week, the Lok Sabha passed the Triple Talaq bill which was then forwarded to the Rajya Sabha where the government lacks majority.

Asked about a possibility of bringing in an ordinance till the bill cleared, Ananth Kumar parried a direct reply and said: "The dates for the budget session have already been announced".

The Congress, in turn, held the ruling BJP responsible for the impasse in Rajya Sabha due to which the bill could not be taken up and accused it of treating Parliament as a "rubber stamp". However, a united Opposition stalled it in the Rajya Sabha with the Congress moving a motion that the bill be sent to a select committee for further scrutiny, a move strongly opposed by the treasury benches.

The Minister also termed the just-concluded session of Parliament as "successful", with the two Houses having passed 22 Bills in a session that had just 13 sittings.

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Congress leader Kapil Sibal said the government was left isolated. "The bill should be sent to the select committee", Sibal told ANI. Accodrding to AIMPLB, the provisions of the bill are anti-women, against Sharia and an interference in the Muslim personal law, all of which will affect the welfare of the Muslim family.

"We are committed to it (bill) and assure the Muslim women that this illegal practice (of instant triple talaq) will be abolished", said Mr Naqvi. "I also want to point out that many of those who disrupted [Rajya Sabha] yesterday are not even members of this House and are here by virtue of being ministers", quoted Agrawal. It had, however, said it might be open to accepting some of the amendments to the bill, as suggested by the Opposition. Deputy chairman P J Kurien adjourned the house amid bedlam as the government and the opposition couldn't come to a consensus on the contentious bill.

The government hopes to find a breakthrough in the standoff over the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill which seeks to outlaw talaq-e-biddat or instant triple talaq and punish offenders with a jail term.

Congress says BJP's stance on triple talaq bill is not clear