In the wake of the political slugfest amid the Central government and opposition over the Triple Talaq Bill, the former has said that it was willing to consider any reasonable and constructive suggestions from the Congress party or any other party according to The Indian Express. The statement came from the Union Minister of Law and Justice Ravi Shankar Prasad. He, however, added that the suggestion cannot be one that is designed to ill the soul of the Bill. “The government is willing to consider any reasonable and constructive suggestions from anyone or Congress party with an open mind. But if the suggestion means that we should de-criminalise the instant divorce, it will not be acceptable,” Prasad was quoted as saying by IE.
Prasad also appealed to Congress Parliamentary Party leader Sonia Gandhi to become the facilitator for the historic and transformative change without playing “vote bank politics”. “Let me ask a question to the Congress. Is it under the grip of deeply fundamental and conservative elements of the Muslim society for vote bank? Gender justice has no importance at all for them?” he asked. He added that it is an opportunity for her (Sonia Gandhi) to undo her husband’s sins. “The Congress needs to understand that from Shah Bano to Shayara Bano, much water has flown and it was a historic opportunity for them to atone for the sin they committed in 1986, when even the meagre maintenance amount of Rs 125 given to Shah Bano by the Supreme Court was overturned by the Congress government with (former Prime Minister) Rajiv Gandhi commanding full majority in the Lok Sabha,” Prasad said.
The Winter session of Parliament concluded on Friday where the Triple Talaq bill, intended to criminalise the practice of instant verbal divorce among Muslims, ended in a stalemate in Rajya Sabha. Opposition parties, which overpower ruling BJP in the Upper House, demanded certain amendments in the Triple Talaq bill. There was a slugfest going on between political parties as BJP has accused Congress of stalling a bill meant for women empowerment. Congress, on the other hand, has said that it supports passing of the bill but has concerns on some of the clauses. Congress’ demands have been echoed by a number of parties as well. Some of the parties, including the Left and TMC, demanded the bill to be sent to Parliament’s select committee. Tabled in Lok Sabha on December 28th, the bill was passed with a voice vote. Later, it got tabled in Rajya Sabha on January 3, since then it faced hurdles and hasn’t got its way.