Tuesday, 16 January, 2018

Triple Talaq: Muslim women agitate against bill introduced in LS

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Lisa Bryan | 09 January, 2018, 01:03

With the triple talaq bill failing to get through Rajya Sabha on the last day of the Winter Session of Parliament on Friday, the Narendra Modi government has now made a decision to bring it during the Budget Session which will commence from January 29.

A large number of Muslim women blamed the Congress for playing a double game with the Muslims and said that when the Congress had supported the Bill in the Lok Sabha, it should have allowed it to pass in the Rajya Sabha as well.

The bill, already cleared by the Lok Sabha, could not be passed in the upper house due to a deadlock over Opposition's demand to send it to the Select Committee for close scrutiny.

The Congress leader said the current bill does not have provisions for taking care of Muslim women, whose husbands would be sent to jail for instant triple talaq. She added, " Congress and other political parties are probably not liking it that the Modi government took a step to improve the lives of the Muslim women and it is clear that these other political parties do not want the Muslim women to rise above the social inequality they face in their everyday lives".

The Congress today held the BJP responsible for the impasse in the Rajya Sabha due to which the triple talaq bill could not be taken up, and accused the ruling party of trying to use Parliament as a "rubber stamp".

Slamming the Congress for stalling the bill, Mr Kumar said, "The Congress is doing injustice to the Muslim women by opposing the triple talaq bill".


Mr Kumar said that Congress president Rahul Gandhi talks about woman empowerment but "runs away" when it comes to acting on it. The previous day, Rajya Sabha had been forced to adjourn after Leader of the Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad asked the chair to go for voting on the demand for a referral. "For the first time, Union ministers and (ruling party) MPs were seen standing in the Rajya Sabha and stalling Parliament", he told reporters.

"There were 13 sittings in this session, of which four were Fridays".

With the bill stuck in Rajya Sabha, the government has no option but to introduce it during the budget session that begins on January 29.

The Congress and other parties, including BJP ally Telugu Desam Party and the AIADMK and Biju Janata Dal, called Government-friendly parties because they regularly help it pass Legislation in the Rajya Sabha - want further scrutiny of the Bill by a Select Committee of the House, primarily voicing concern over the provision for a jail term.

He also accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of converting his cabinet into a campaign committee for Gujarat polls at the cost of delaying parliamentary proceedings.

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