Triple Talaq Bill Debate in Lok Sabha Sabha: After a heated debate between the government and opposition leaders, the Muslim Women Bill (Triple Talaq) 2018 was passed in the Lok Sabha. Several opposition parties including Congress, TMC, and TDP demanded the government to send the Bill to Standing Committee. The opposition leaders claim that the Bill in current form will violate Article 14 and 15.
Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge said that the government should refrain from interfering in religious matters. He further said: “The government shouldn’t interfere in religious matters.’ He said this while citing Article 25 of the Constitution on ‘freedom of conscience and free profession, practice and propagation of religion.”
The BJP-led NDA government today introduced the triple talaq bill – Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2018, on the floor of Lok Sabha on Thursday. The bill seeks to criminalise the practice of instant triple talaq by Muslim men. The Lok Sabha had last week decided to take up the bill on December 27 after the Congress agreed to participate in the debate.
Last Thursday, when the bill was taken up for discussion, Leader of Opposition Mallikarjun Kharge had suggested that it be taken up next week. “I request you to take the bill on December 27. We are all going to participate. Our party and other political parties are ready to discuss (the bill),” he had said. Earlier, the triple talaq bill was cleared by the Lok Sabha and remained pending in the Rajya Sabha for long. Later, it was sent back to the Lower House for fresh discussion and subsequent approval.