After heated debate, Triple Talaq Bill 2018 passed in Lok Sabha; check who said what

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Updated:Dec 27, 2018 10:16:01 pm

Triple Talaq Bill Debate in Lok Sabha: The Muslim Women Bill (Triple Talaq) 2018 has been passed in the Lok Sabha. The bill was introduced by the Modi government. Several opposition parties including Congress, TMC, and TDP demanded the government to send the Bill to Standing Committee.

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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.

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    22:12 (IST)27 Dec 2018
    Mallikarjun Kharge on TripleTalaq Bill passed in LS

    Reacting to the passage of the Bill, Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge said: "Bill presented is against Constitution. It’s against fundamental rights. We asked for the Bill to be sent to Joint Select Committee to get justice for Muslim women. They tried to get it passed as Lok Sabha polls are approaching."

    22:10 (IST)27 Dec 2018
    Rajnath Singh on TripleTalaq Bill

    Speaking on the passage of Triple Talaq Bill, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said: "This was essential and it has been passed. Congress had supported it last time, I can’t understand why they walked out this time. I am sure this bill will be passed in the Rajya Sabha as well."

    19:10 (IST)27 Dec 2018
    Triple Talaq Bill passed in Lok Sabha

    Triple Talaq Bill is passed in the Lok Sabha. It was supported by 245 members. All the amendments moved by the opposition members like Asaduddin Owaisi of AIMIM, NK Premchandran of Revolutionary Socialist Party and Bhartruhari Mahtab of Biju Janta Dal have so far been negated. These amendments were supported by around 10-11 members present and voting in the house against around 245 members present and voting against these amendments.

    19:09 (IST)27 Dec 2018
    Ravi Shankar Prasad on misuse of Triple Talaq law 

    Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said that the offences under the bill are compoundable which means that the case can be withdrawn if the man and his estranged wife reach a compromise. He ruled out the misuse of the law saying that only the wife and her close relatives can file an FIR. He further said: "Don't weigh the bill on the scales of politics. This bill is not about any specific religion and community. The bill is about humanity and justice."

    18:53 (IST)27 Dec 2018
    Lok Sabha begins voting on amendments moved by the opposition in Triple Talaq Bill

    Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan is conducting division of votes on the amendments moved by AIMIM member Asaduddin Owaisi and RSP MP NK Premchandran in the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage), Bill 2018.

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    18:39 (IST)27 Dec 2018
    Congress walks out from Lok Sabha

    Congress walks out from Lok Sabha in the protest of Triple Talaq Bill. AIADMK also walks out in protest as the government did not agree to its demand to send it to select parliamentary committee. AIMIM demands dia vision of votes on Triple Talaq Bill.

     
    18:31 (IST)27 Dec 2018
    Ravi Shankar Prasad explains why govt made Triple Talaq a penal offence

    Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad in the House said: "I could only think one reason behind the opposition of the bill that why we made Triple Talaq a penal offence. When this house passed a tough anti-rape law after Nirbhaya case and provided for the capital punishment of the convict then no one raised any objections that the convict was also a father and might have dependents. Dowry prohibition act applies to every community, it provides for imprisonment for five years, sometimes mother and sister of the husband also sent to jail. That law is also cognizable and non-bailable."

    The minister further said that the entire episode is not about targeting any particular community. "What is held to be bad in Holi Quran, cannot be held good in Shariat. What has been held bad in theology cannot be held good in law." He said that between January 2017 and December 2018, 477 cases related to triple talaq were registered "These women used to go to police station and police used to tell them the Supreme Court has declared it illegal, null and void but we have no power. What should we tell them that to hang the SC verdict on the wall?"

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    18:10 (IST)27 Dec 2018
    Asaduddin Owaisi: Triple Talaq Bill is violative of Article 14, 15, 24 and 26

    AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi said: "All the Muslim women are against this bill. It is violative of Article 14, 15, 24 and 26. Supreme Court has decriminalised the relations between two men and two women but you are not criminalising a divorce law. Why there is a provision of imprisonment of only one year under the Hindu Marriage law for Hindu husbands then why there is provision for imprisonment for three years under Triple Talaq law." He further said: "The government's intention is to send us jail. Your law is against plurality. You people have sheltered the former minister who was accused by several women for raping them under the 'me too' campaign. We oppose this bill."

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    17:54 (IST)27 Dec 2018
    AIUDF on Triple Talaq Bill: It interferes in our Shariat

    AIUDF leader Badruddin Ajmal said: "I oppose the bill, because we consider it interference in our Shariat that is why we are against it. I urge Meenakshi Lekhi that the book referred by you are not the right books. I will sit with you and refer the correct books. You have mentioned Salafi sect, this ideology has been held responsible for promoting terrorism. We don't follow this sect. I would like to ask the law minister whether the provision to send Muslims husbands to jail, will it increase the harmony in the family?"

    17:47 (IST)27 Dec 2018
    SAD on Triple Talaq: Don't link it with with religion, it's social problem

    BJP ally SAD supported the Bill in the House. SAD leader Prem Singh Chandumajra said: "It was very much required. I am surprised that many of my friends said that Triple Talaq is bad and it must be stopped but accuse the government of doing politics over it. Several members said that Triple Talaq was bad but there should not be jail for it. How it is possible. It should not be linked with religion, it's social problem. I believe that a law must be enacted for this kind of reform. Those people who call marriage a civil contract they don't understand the human relations."

    17:31 (IST)27 Dec 2018
    Congress on Triple Talaq Bill: It must be sent to joint parliamentary committee and amended

    Speaking in the House, Congress leader Ranjeeta Ranjan said: "I would like to tank you because it made me read the relevant provisions in Quran then detail. I respect Quran because it has very well developed rules for divorce. You are under the illusion that Muslim women will vote for you because you pass this vote. You tell me one provision in this bill that will safeguard the interests of women."

    She further said: "Divorce on WhatsApp and SMS is being considered bad by Muslims themselves, what new things you can teach them. You have a malintention, why don't you convert the provision mentioned in the Quran. It must be sent to a joint parliamentary committee and it must be amended."

    17:26 (IST)27 Dec 2018
    Samajwadi Party on Triple Talaq Bill: We opposes penal provision in the Bill

    Samajwadi Party leader Dharmendra Yadav said: "My party vehemently opposes the penal provision in this bill because there is no provision of jail in case of divorce in any other community. You people are doing politics over it. You have discontinued the Samajwadi Pension given to 55 lakh women in Uttar Pradesh by the previous government. You have rendered 1090 helpline useless. And you people talk about the women's rights."

    17:15 (IST)27 Dec 2018
    NCP to govt: Why didn't you work through the consensus route?

    NCP leader Supriya Sule said: "If your intention was not political then why did you bring the ordinance. Why didn't you work through the consensus route? It's a social issue. We have made many laws about dowry whether the situation has really changed? It's not about the women like us, at the top of the pyramid. It's about the women at the bottom of the pyramid, who are not aware of their rights."

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    17:10 (IST)27 Dec 2018
    Smriti Irani on Triple Talaq: It's bad in theology, it's bad in law

    Union Minister Smriti Irani said: "I got to hear about the uniform civil code in this house from Mohammad Salim. It's a good thing. I would like to tell you that it was a criminal offence even the time of the second Islaimc caliphate. People those who call it a civil contract should know that a contract is broken on equal terms. It's bad in theology, it's bad in law. I beseech this house that Muslims women should be given justice. The fact that All India Muslim Personal Law Board has spoken and despite that 477 cases of Triple Talaq have taken place in the country should be the reason enough to bring this bill."

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    16:59 (IST)27 Dec 2018
    BJD on Triple Talaq: Bill is aimed at targeting Muslim men

    Speaking in the House, BJD leader Rabindra Kumar Jena: "Triple Talaq is a practice that has not been mentioned in Quran. Several Muslim countries don't allow it. The bill is aimed at targeting men of a particular country. This is clear cut violation of article 14 and 15. This bill doesn't provide any safeguards therefore it is also violative of article 14 and 21 of the constitution. Nobody can question the Parliament's right to enact a personal law. We can certainly do it. In the light of the SC judgement, do we really need a legislation when the SC itself has declared that Triple Talaq is illegal then when do we really need the law in its present form." 

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    16:53 (IST)27 Dec 2018
    TRS on Triple Talaq Bill: Govt is breaching rights of religious minority

    TRS leader Jitendra Reddy said: "The government is breaching the rights of a religious minority. It is not for this house to reform the religion. Our party strongly opposes the move to target any particular community. This is a clear violation of Article 14 of Indian constitution and also of article 15. This law will be seen as the majority community dictating customs and practices of a minority community. We should introduce actual change in their lives."

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    16:50 (IST)27 Dec 2018
    CPI-M on Triple Talaq: Don't criminalise a civil offence

    CPI-M leader Mohammad Salim said: "We had objection to section 7 of the bill. Don't criminalise a civil offence. We got to hear two Islamic scholars from BJP benches. It's a matter of gender justice. We communist have been talking about gender justice since the time this house was created. Justice was not done at that time (Shah Bano case), justice will not be this time also."

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    16:44 (IST)27 Dec 2018
    Shiv Sena on Triple Talaq: Why you excluded J&K?

    Shiv Sena leader Arvind Ganpat Sawant said: "A member from Tamil Nadu said that it's a thousand of year old tradition. Hindu community also had evil traditions like Sati Pratha. If any community follows the law of the country then it is Hindu community. What happens with Muslim women in case of instant Triple Talaq. There was no opportunity for reconciliation. Some people have opposed it because it has penal problems. Sometimes penal provisions are required as deterrence." He asked the law minister that why he excluded J&K from the purview of the law. "A large number of Muslim women are there, why are you not giving relief to them. Article 370 is the problem."

    16:41 (IST)27 Dec 2018
    TDP opposes Triple Talaq Bill

    TDP leader Jaydev Galla said: 'I rise to oppose this bill. There is no doubt that it's a historic bill. It will certainly help the hapless Muslim women. But it will be unfair to call Muslim men 'misogynistic'.' Why the government had to bring an ordinance when the law was pending before this august house. They should have brought official amendments what every government does.' He further said: 'It is unfortunate that we have divorce over mail, SMS, WhatsApp. We should go for Talaq-a-Sunnah as recommended by the prophet not the Talaq-e-Biddat. Many Muslim countries have banned it like our neighbour Pakistan and Morocco and Turkey and others.'

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    16:39 (IST)27 Dec 2018
    AIADMK opposes Triple Talaq Bill

    AIADMK leader Anwhar Raajhaa opposed the Bill in the House. "It is against the principle of natural justice and against national integration. No other religion or customary law makes it a criminal offence then why only Muslim women are being targeted. It is a civil contract. It is also a civil contract in Indian law. It will destroy homes," he said.

    16:31 (IST)27 Dec 2018
    Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi calls Triple Talaq a social evil, not a religious issue

    Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that triple talaq is not connected to religion but connected social evils. Citing some texts from Shah Bano debate, he said: "I quote from a debate that took place at that time (at the time of Shah Bano case). It was said by Madhu Dandwate, a renowned Socialist thinker."A Muslim woman went to the Prime Minister and told him that Mr. Prime Minister I have been divorced for the third time. If you want to take women to 21st century then why you want me to keep tied to a 6th century practice. I repeat it. Then Congress government under pressure from some Kathmullas (some fanatics) overturned the judgement of Supreme Court at that time." 

    16:24 (IST)27 Dec 2018
    TMC Sudip Bandyopadhyay on Triple Talaq

    TMC Sudip Bandyopadhyay leader opposed the imprisonment of Muslim men for three years saying it is excessive, arbitrary and irrational. "Why are we opposing it? If the husband goes to jail then who will pay the maintenance. He will find no scope and opportunity to provide maintenance. The only women who can truly benefit from it will be those whose husbands will have significant estates so that they can provide maintenance while being in jail," he said.

    He further said that this provision will further deteriorate a woman's life. "A divorced women will suffer and justice will be denied to her. We propose that the bill be sent to a joint select committee," TMC leader said.

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    16:09 (IST)27 Dec 2018
    Triple Talaq Ordinance

    An ordinance can be introduced when the House is not in session. It has a life of six months. After session begins, the ordinance t has to be replaced by a bill which should be passed by Parliament within 42 days or six weeks, else it lapses. However, the government is at liberty to re-promulgate the ordinance if the bill fails to get through Parliament.Image result for parliament pti

    16:02 (IST)27 Dec 2018
    What is Triple Talaq Bill?

    The Bill seeks to make the practice of triple talaq among Muslims a penal offence. It was introduced in the Lok Sabha on December 17 to replace an ordinance issued in September. Under the proposed Bill, giving instant triple talaq will be illegal and void, and will attract a jail term of three years for the husband. The fresh bill will supersede an earlier bill passed in the Lok Sabha and pending in the Rajya Sabha.

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    15:36 (IST)27 Dec 2018
    Sumitra Mahajan to opposition: You can't make sudden demand to send it to committee

    Several opposition leaders including AIADMK leader P Venugopal, TMC's Sudip Bandhopadhyay, AIMIM's Assaduddin Owaisi and NCP's Supriya Sule demanded the bill be sent to standing committee. However, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan said a similar bill was discussed and passed by the Lok Sabha. Therefore, members can flag issues during the debate. She further said all of a sudden a demand cannot be made to send it to a committee.

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    15:24 (IST)27 Dec 2018
    Refrain from interfering in religious matters: Mallikarjun Kharge to government

    Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge on Thursday appealed to the government to refrain from interfering in religious matters. Speaking on Triple Talaq, he said: 'We will discuss the bill. 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'.

    15:02 (IST)27 Dec 2018
    In which suraa of the holy Quran is talaq-e-biddat mentioned? Meenakshi Lekhi asks opposition

    BJP leader Meenakshi Lekhi in Lok Sabha: Would like to ask those opposing the Triple Talaq Bill here that in which suraa of the holy Quran is talaq-e-biddat mentioned? This is not he vs she, these are issues of human rights violation. Image result for meenakshi leader pti

    14:47 (IST)27 Dec 2018
    BJP confident of passing Triple Talaq bill

    Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Vijay Goel on Thursday said: "The government is going to pass the bill against triple talaq. It could have happened in 2017, but certain state Congress governments were opposing the decision. The Cabinet passed an ordinance and now the government is going to free all Muslim women from triple talaq."

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    14:37 (IST)27 Dec 2018
    Why Congress opposing Triple Talaq bill?

    Leader of opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad recently asked who will take care of the woman after her husband faces penal action under the law. Congress leader in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge today said that this is a very important bill which needs a detailed study. "It is also a constitutional matter. I request the bill be sent to joint select committee, he said.

    14:25 (IST)27 Dec 2018
    Islamic nations banned Triple Talaq, why can't India, says Ravi Shankar Prasad

    Speaking in Lok Sabha, Law Minister said: "20 Islamic nations have banned Triple Talaq. Then why can't a secular nation like India? He requested that the bill should not be looked through the prism of politics. "This bill is not against any community, religion or belief. It is for the rights of women and about justice, he said. 

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    14:18 (IST)27 Dec 2018
    Triple Talaq Bill in Lok Sabha LIVE Updates: TMC joins Congress, wants bill be sent to select committee

    Sudip Bandyopadhyay of Trinamool Congress also demanded that the bill be sent to joint select committee. "We also request the Triple Talaq Bill be sent to joint select committee, all opposition is of the same opinion," he said.

    14:16 (IST)27 Dec 2018
    Triple Talaq Bill in Lok Sabha LIVE Updates: Congress wants bill be sent to joint select committee

    Immediately after the House re-convened at 2 pm, the Congress demanded that triple talaq bill be sent to the Joint Select Committee for a study. "This is a very important bill which needs detailed study. It is also a constitutional matter. I request the bill be sent to joint select committee," Mallikarjun Kharge, Congress in Lok Sabha, said.

    14:14 (IST)27 Dec 2018
    Triple Talaq Bill in Lok Sabha LIVE Updates: Lok Sabha adjourned till 2 pm

    Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan was again forced to adjourn the House till 2 PM Thursday amid continuous protests by opposition parties over various issues including the Rafale deal and Cauvery issues.

    13:02 (IST)27 Dec 2018
    Triple Talaq Bill in Lok Sabha LIVE Updates: Govt interfering in every religious matter, says Kharge

    Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge said that the government is interfering in every religious matter. He made an appeal to the government to refrain from interfering in religious matters. "We will discuss the bill. The government shouldn't interfere in religious matters," Kharge said. He cited Article 25 of the Constitution on 'freedom of conscience and free profession, practice and propagation of religion'.

    12:59 (IST)27 Dec 2018
    Triple Talaq Bill in Lok Sabha LIVE Updates: Big day for Muslim women, says Vijay Goel

    Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Vijay Goel said that the government will pass triple talaq bill in the Lok Sabha. "It is a big day for Muslim women. They have been facing injustice for the past 1,000 years. The Modi government is going to pass the bill against triple talaq. It could have happened in 2017, but certain state Congress governments were opposing the decision. The Cabinet passed an ordinance and now the government is going to free all Muslim women from triple talaq," Goel said.

    12:26 (IST)27 Dec 2018
    Triple Talaq Bill: Congress issues whip to MPs

    According to news agency ANI, the Congress has issued whip to its Lok Sabha MPs to be present in the House today. The government is set to introduce the triple talaq bill in the House.

    12:17 (IST)27 Dec 2018
    Triple Talaq Bill in Lok Sabha LIVE Updates: Uproar in Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha adjourned for the day

    Lok Sabha adjourned till noon amid uproar over Rafale jet deal and other issues. Meanwhile, the Rajya Sabha was adjourned for the day over Cauvery and other issues.

    12:16 (IST)27 Dec 2018
    Triple Talaq BIll in Lok Sabha LIV Updates: AIMPLB writes to non-BJP MPs

    Meanwhile, the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) has written to all non-BJP MPs urging them to reject the triple talaq bill that seeks to abolish the centuries old practise over instant triple talaq. According to the board, the law is anti-women and against the fundamental rights of a citizen.

    11:25 (IST)27 Dec 2018
    Triple Talaq BIll in Lok Sabha: Muslim women for unanimous passage of bill

    The Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan (BMMA) has called upon the government and the opposition parties to pass the triple talaq bill through consensus. The government had in brought an Ordinance after it failed to push it through the Rajya Sabha during the Monsoon Session. The law seeks to make instant triple talaq a punishable offence with a three-year jail term. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

    11:01 (IST)27 Dec 2018
    Triple Talaq Bill: Why PM Modi must get it passed in Winter Session

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi has often said that he will end triple talaq which he sees as a great injustice to hapless Muslim women. However, the lack of majority in Rajya Sabha has not allowed him to anact a law. The Congress and other parties have already stalled the passage of the bill in the Rajya Sabha during the Monsoon Session and the bill is set to be taken up for a debate in the Lok Sabha on Thursday. Even if the bill gets an approval from the Lok Sabha, it is still not easy for Modi government to push through this crucial bill as it will go to the Rajya Sabha for final approval. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

    Triple Talaq Bill in Lok SabhaEarlier, the triple talaq bill was cleared by the Lok Sabha and remained pending in the Rajya Sabha for a long. Later, it was sent back to the Lower House for fresh approval. The triple talaq law seeks to end the practice of instant triple talaq by Muslim men. The centuries old practise allows any Muslim man to legally divorce his wife by stating the word talaq three times in oral or written form. Earlier in August 2017, the Supreme Court had ruled that the practice of triple talaq is unconstitutional and asked the government to to ban the practice by enacting a suitable law.