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.