Saturday, 30 December 2017

Tin talak| Triple Talaq Bill In Parliament Highlights: Bill Which Makes Triple A Criminal Offence, Passed In Lok Sabha

Tin talak| Triple Talaq Bill In Parliament Highlights: Bill Which Makes Triple A Criminal Offence, Passed In Lok Sabha

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The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2017, more commonly known as the Triple Talaq Bill, has been passed in the Lok Sabha. The bill proposes to make instant talaq, or uttering the word "talaq" thrice, illegal. The bill also includes a three-year jail term for a Muslim man who uses triple talaq. The bill will now be sent to the Rajya Sabha.

The Lok Sabha passed the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill amid a demand from the opposition that the "criminalisation" clause be scrutinised by a parliamentary panel and law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad's vociferous defence that the House needed to choose between procedures and the cries of justice from Muslim women. 

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Asked about the fate of the bill in the Rajya Sabha, Prasad later said the government was encouraged by the lack of support for amendments moved by AIMIM MP Asaduddin Owaisi, read as a sign that Congress and other "secular" parties may not push the issue beyond making a point.

While BJP was accused of making political capital by "targeting" Muslim religious practices, the ambivalence of opposition parties was best reflected by Trinamool Congress's decision to steer clear of the debate, fielding no speaker at all. This surprise element was attributed by sources to Trinamool chief Mamata Banerjee's view that a silent majority of Muslim women supported the law. The West Bengal party had opposed the draft bill.
Triple Talaq Bill In Parliament
As Prasad initiated the discussion, fireworks started early with the opposition questioning the bill's introduction. BJD leader Bhartruhari Mahtab said the law was flawed as it put unwarranted discretion in the hands of police and made submission of proof of an oral triple talaq daunting.

BJP's Meenakshi Lekhi said "politics" had kept India from reforming triple talaq despite 22 Islamic countries having done so. She said triple talaq was not related to religion and pointed to the law against the practice of "sati". Lekhi said Muslim women had a brother in PM Narendra Modi to take care of their concerns.

Reservations of the opposition were known but in what appeared as extra caution on their part, speakers chose to open arguments clarifying that they supported the bill as did Sushmita Dev of Congress and functionaries of CPM, SP and NCP, among others.

Congress and other parties expressed reservations about the "criminal" clause in the legislation which they dubbed as too abrupt for a customary practice which was legal till recently. Other parties too voiced similar opposition.


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