Triple Talaq Bill in Parliament Today highlights: Lok Sabha on Thursday passed the Talaq bill after it was discussed in the Lower House of the Parliament for a couple of hours. Oppositing the bil, while Congress suggested it to be sent to the standing against it, JDU voted against it. Both parties, along with Trinamool Congress walked out of the House when the voting was on. The bill was finally passed un Lok Sabha by 303 votes.
Earlier, Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said that that 345 cases of triple talaq has been reported since Supreme Court’s August 2017 order to declare the centuries-old practice as unconstitutional. Initiating the debate on the contentious triple talaq bill — The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2019, Prasad said that the top court had asked the government enact a law to check the cases of triple talaq.
The bill which seeks to criminalise the instant practice of triple talaq by Muslim men was reintroduced in the Lok Sabha by the Modi government in June. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had issued a three-line whip, directing its MPs to be present in the Lok Sabha today as the House will take up the bill for consideration and passage.
The BJP-led NDA government enjoys a strong majority in the Lok Sabha, making the passage of the bill a foregone conclusion. However, the government lacks a majority in the Rajya Sabha where it is set to face an uphill task as the opposition parties have a numerical advantage over the treasury benches. Some of the BJP’s allies, including the JD(U), have also expressed their reservation about the bill.