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Instant talaq bill listed for today in rajya sabha

03 January 2018

Two of the bigger Opposition parties in the Rajya Sabha, the Congress and Trinamool Congress, as also the Left parties, do not want to be seen to be stalling the bill and expose themselves to accusations of "Muslim appeasement".

Though a few allies of the BJP like the Shiv Sena have demanded that the bill be sent to a select committee, the government feels no need for it as the legislation has already been debated upon in the Lok Sabha.

Congress is supporting the ban on instant talaq but has issues with the provision that makes it a penal offence, with a sentence of up to three years and fine.

The fate of the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, which criminalises instant triple talaq, hung in the balance Tuesday with a cross-section of Opposition parties, fence-sitters and NDA constituent TDP demanding it be referred to a select committee of Rajya Sabha for scrutiny and wider consultation.

The bill says that instant triple talaq in any form - spoken, in writing or by electronic means such as email, SMS and WhatsApp - would be illegal and void.

He also said that the Congress did not press for amendment in the Lok Sabha.

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Meanwhile, the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) has claimed that various Muslim bodies in the country would move the Supreme Court if the Bill is also passed by the Rajya Sabha.

When the Bill was in the Lok Sabha, most of the leading parties in the Opposition, including Congress, had voted in its favour. Congress may even insist on sending the Bill to a standing committee or panel to remove the clauses in question.

However, owing to the lack of a majority of the government in the Rajya Sabha, there are chances that the Bill may be impeded or blocked. There was, however, no official word from the Congress about the suggestion it was claimed to have made.

"This is important. For saying something that has no legal effect, the government proposes to send the offending man to jail. It might be tabled tomorrow", Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar told reporters outside the Parliament House. Worse, the offense will be cognizable and non-bailable.

Before ending his column, Soz suggested the government to review the bill.

Instant talaq bill listed for today in rajya sabha