Rajya Sabha Clears Triple Talaq Bill, Rejects Motion To Send It To Select Panel

The contentious Triple Talaq Bill was on Tuesday cleared by the Rajya Sabha, despite the Opposition parties such as Congress, TMC, SP, AIADMK and DMK demanding the proposed legislation be sent to a select committee for further scrutiny. The motion to send the bill to a select committee was rejected by 100-84 votes.

The Opposition objected to the provision of criminalising instant triple talaq, which comes into effect when a Muslim man utters the word “talaq” thrice in front of her wife.

Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said that today Ghulam Nabi Azad spoke a lot about the 1986 elections in which the Congress won 400 seats.

“There have been 9 Lok Sabha elections after that, you did not get a majority in any of them. Think why did that happen? You were 44 in 2014, 52 today,” he said.

Earlier in the day, Prasad moved the bill saying it shouldn’t be looked through a political prism.

Urging members to approve ‘The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2019’, he said the practice of triple talaq is continuing despite the Supreme Court banning the same through its judgement.

He said after the Supreme Court judgement banning instant triple talaq as many as 574 cases of the illegal practice have come to the notice of the government.

He added that after the last ordinance issued by the government criminalising the practice, as many as 101 cases have come to light.

“The judgement has come, but no action on triple talaq has been taken. That is why we have brought this law because the law is deterrence,” he said.

Prasad the practice has been banned in more than 20 Islamic countries but has not happened in secular India due to one or the other reason.

The Bill was cleared by Lok Sabha last week.

Participating in the debate, Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad alleged that the bill is politically motivated and the real objective behind bringing the Bill was the destruction of
Muslim families.

He claimed that the objections raised by him have not been addressed and instead the government has done “cosmetic surgery”.

Azad observed that marriage is a civil contract in Islam and it is being given a criminal face through the proposed legislation.

He sought to know if the government will provide sustenance allowance to women whose husbands are lodged in prison for Triple Talaq during the three-year period.

The Congress leader claimed that Talaq could be uttered thrice in anger like a curse, and may not be actually executed, and therefore, men cannot be punished for it.

Triple Talaq according to Supreme Court is null and void, Azad said, wondering how Muslim men after staying in jail for three years will go home and live peacefully with their wives.