Triple Talaq Bill 2019, Parliament Session Highlights: The Triple Talaq Bill or The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights of Marriage) Bill 2019 was passed after hours of debate in the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday. The Bill was tabled by Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad for consideration and passage. The SP and BSP MPs were not present in the House. The AIADMK staged a walkout and some TDP and TRS members decided not to vote with the opposition on the Bill. Top NCP leaders Sharad Pawar and Praful Patel were also not present in the House during the vote.
While 99 MPs voted for the Bill, 84 opposed it. The Modi government has 113 MPs but its alliance partner JDU opposed the bill. The Biju Janata Dal (BJD) of Naveen Patnaik had already announced that it will support the Narendra Modi-led government on the bill. The AIADMK which has 11 members in the House walked out at the time of voting. The reports suggest that the Congress had not even issued a whip to vote on the crucial Bill.
The Bill was passed by the Lok Sabha by a voice vote amidst a walkout by Congress, Samajwadi Party, Trinamool Congress, DMK and others last week. The bill seeks to criminalise instant divorce by Muslim men and has a provision of three years jail for the guilty. The bill was the first draft legislation tabled by the Modi government in this first session after it took the oath of office for a second term in May.