Triple Talaq Bill in Rajya Sabha Highlights: House adjourned till January 2 amid protests by opposition

Triple Talaq Bill in Rajya Sabha: The Rajya Sabha was adjourned till January 2 on Monday after protests by the opposition parties over a host of issues. The opposition parties demanded that the Triple Talaq Bill be sent to the select committee for a detailed study.

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Triple Talaq Bill in Rajya Sabha: The Rajya Sabha was adjourned till January 2 on Monday after protests by the opposition parties over a host of issues. The opposition parties demanded that the Triple Talaq Bill be sent to the select committee for a detailed study. As soon as House met for the day, the opposition created ruckus on the floor, forcing the Chair to adjourn the proceedings till 2 pm. When the House reassembled at 2 pm, the opposition once again crated uproar forcing the Chair to adjourn the House till January 2.

The Narendra Modi government was all set to table the Triple Talaq Bill in the Rajya Sabha to seek final parliamentary assent. Both the BJP and Congress had issued a whip to its all MPs asking them to present in the House when the bill is taken up for debate. The opposition that has a majority in the Upper House had already said that it will block the passage of the bill. The bill was cleared by the Lok Sabha last week amid a walkout by the opposition parties – Congress, AIADMK, BJP and others. A total of 245 MPs voted in favour of the bill against 11 who voted against it.

The bill seeks to replace the ordinance that was brought by the government in September. The government had taken the ordinance route because it had failed to sail through the Rajya Sabha where it lacks a majority. The fresh bill makes triple talaq a punishable, cognisable and a non-bailable offence. It has a provision of a three-year jail for a Muslim husband who practices the triple talaq to divorce his wife.

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14:52 (IST)31 Dec 2018
Triple Talaq Bill in Rajya Sabha: House adjourned till January 2

The Rajya Sabha has been adjourned till January 2 after opposition parties created ruckus over a host of issues. Derek O Brien of Trinamool Congress said that all opposition parties unanimously have decided that this bill must be sent to the select committee. Congress’ Ghulam Nabi Azad said that the Triple Talaq Bill is very important bill that can positively or negatively affect the lives of crores of people. “It can’t be passed just like this without going to a select committee.,” he said.

13:39 (IST)31 Dec 2018
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BJD MP Prasanna Acharya said: Whatever judgement Supreme Court has given, we agree with that. The bill should be passed, but there are certain defects in the bill which should be removed. We want that the Bill should be passed as early as possible, but after corrections.

13:37 (IST)31 Dec 2018
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Congress president Rahul Gandhi told news agency ANI outside Parliament that his party has already made its stand clear on the matter. “The party has already made our stand clear,” he said.

12:51 (IST)31 Dec 2018
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Earlier this month, Congress leader Shashi Tharoor expressed doubt if Parliament had the competence and jurisdiction to bring such a law. Tharoor opposed the introduction of the fresh bill saying it has no procedural safeguards to prevent its misuse. He added the bill “conflates civil law with criminal law by criminalising a wrong form of divorce and by criminalising an act which is already legally null and void”. Tharoor called the proposed law “an attempt in creating class-specific legislation on the grounds of religion, instead of focusing on the larger issue of mistreatment and desertion of wives and dependents”.

12:21 (IST)31 Dec 2018
Triple Talaq Bill in Rajya Sabha LIVE Updates: What Supreme Court had said

The Supreme Court banned the instant divorce, calling the practice “unconstitutional” in August 2017. Thr court had asked the government to enact a law to envil this practice.

11:22 (IST)31 Dec 2018
Triple Talaq Bill in Rajya Sabha LIVE Updates: Rajya Sabha adjourned till 2pm

Rajya Sabha has been adjourned till 2 pm after uproar by opposition parties over different issues. Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad is expected to table the Triple Talaq Bill at 2 pm.

11:14 (IST)31 Dec 2018
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Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad also chaired a meeting of opposition parties in his chamber. Leaders of all parties who are opposed to the law attended the meeting.

11:12 (IST)31 Dec 2018
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Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad is likely to table the bill on the floor of Rajya Sabha at 2 pm. The government is facing a crucial test in Rajya Sabha where it lacks a majority. Earlier this morning, the opposition parties had held a crucial meeting in Parliament to discuss the strategy.

11:08 (IST)31 Dec 2018
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10:42 (IST)31 Dec 2018
Triple Talaq Bill in Rajya Sabha LIVE Updates: Key salient features of the law

1. The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2018 proposes to make instant triple talaq or talaq-e-biddat a punishable offence with a jail term of up to three years with a fine.

2. According to Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, the bill has made the offence compoundable. This means the case can be withdrawn if the man and his estranged wife reach a compromise.

3. According to Prasad, no one can misuse the law as only the wife and her close relatives can file an FIR. The fresh bill to replaces an ordinance brought by the government the in September.

4. Another amendment in the bill says that magistrate can decide on releasing the husband on bail only after hearing the wife.

5. Prasad said that a jail term of three years will only be awarded by the magistrate once the trial is over.

6. The triple talaq victim will also have authority to seek the custody of her minor children. The magistrate will take a final call on the grant of custody of minor children.

10:25 (IST)31 Dec 2018
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Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has exuded confidence that the government will find support in the Rajya Sabha where it lacks a majority. “I appreciate the maturity of the Rajya Sabha and also the sensitivity of the issue. We believe that we will get support in the Rajya Sabha,” Prasad told reporters last week. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

10:10 (IST)31 Dec 2018
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The AIADMK, which is a potential election ally of the BJP, has also signed the demand for reference of the Bill for the committee’s consideration in the Rajya Sabha. The AIADMK said that supporting the Bill would not go well with its supporters in the Muslim community, which the late Jayalalithaa had assiduously built. In the Lok Sabha, the AIADMK had staged a walkout of the House at the time of voting.

09:55 (IST)31 Dec 2018
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The triple talaq bill is set to face stiff resistance from opposition parties in the Rajya Sabha. The numbers are slightly in favour of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha. The UPA has 112 members and the NDA 93. One seat is vacant. The remaining 39 members of other parties are unattached to either NDA or UPA. They are likely to play an important role in the passage of the bill. Though the NDA is way short of the half-way mark of 123 in the 245-member House, it had emerged victorious in the election of Rajya Sabha deputy chairman, with its nominee Harivansh of the Janata Dal (United) bagging 125 votes against 101 polled by the Opposition-backed Congress member B K Hariprasad.

09:44 (IST)31 Dec 2018
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In a tweet put out today morning, AIMIM MP Asaduddin Owaisi slammed the Modi government for interfering into the personal law.  He demanded from Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad to share the details of cases filed under the new law that was enacted in September via a ordinance route. 

09:40 (IST)31 Dec 2018
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Congress general secretary KC Venugopal has said that the party won’t let the Modi government to pass the bill in Rajya Sabha. ‘The Congress party will not let the passage of the triple talaq bill in its present form in the Rajya Sabha,’ he told PTI on Saturday. The Congress has joined hands with those parties with which it can ally with to defeat the bill in the present form in the Upper House.

09:31 (IST)31 Dec 2018
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The opposition parties have been claiming that the triple talaq bill needs amendments as it has stringent provisions like criminalisation that will not in any way help the victims or the divorced wives. They are demnding that the bill be referred to a joint select committee for further scrutiny.

09:30 (IST)31 Dec 2018
Triple Talaq Bill in Rajya Sabha LIVE Updates: BJP, Congress issue whip to MPs

Both the BJP and Congress have issued whip to MPs to be present in the Rajya Sabha on Monday when the Triple Talaq Bill will be taken up for a debate. The bill will be tabled by Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad that seeks to criminalise the practice of instant divorce among Muslims.

09:28 (IST)31 Dec 2018
Triple Talaq Bill in Rajya Sabha LIVE Updates: Opposition parties to meet at 9:30 am

All the opposition parties will meet at 9:30 am to discuss the strategy. The government is set to bring the bill in the Rajya Sabha where it lacks majority. The opposition parties had in Lok Sabha stages a walkout to protest against the bill. They are demanding from the governmen to send the bill to the select committee of both the Houses for a  detailed study.

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Vote counts displayed on an LED screen after the Triple Talaq debate at the Lok Sabha.
The Modi government is keen on enacting a law to criminalise the triple talaq amonf Muslims. The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2018 was cleared by the Lok Sabha last week. It has been listed as the number one item under the head legislative business in the Upper House where the opposition has a majority. The Opposition wants the bill to be referred to a select committee of both Houses of Parliament for detailed consideration which the government is not ready to concede.

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