Consensus eludes triple talaq Bill; legislation not tabled in RS

Posted January 03, 2018

The party feels that such a stringent action may hamper the reconciliation of spouses.Sources in the Congress have told that Congress President Rahul Gandhi does not want the party's official stand to seem like they are opposed to the Bill.

The BAC has allotted time of four hours for a discussion on the bill on Wednesday.

The Lok Sabha had passed the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, popularly known as the triple talaq bill, last week.

While it had pointed to lacunae in the bill, demanded some of its "draconian" measures be amended and that it be sent to a standing committee of Parliament, the Congress had supported the bill in the Lok Sabha, as had the Left parties and Trinamool Congress.

The opposition parties are said to be planning for either amendments against criminalising triple talaq or referring the bill to a select committee for detailed consideration.

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Nationalist Congress Party leader Majeed Memon criticised the NDA government of portraying itself as a messiah (saviour) of the people and said the party is against criminalisation of Triple Talaq and the bill should be referred to the Select Committee.

Meanwhile, the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) has claimed that various Muslim bodies in the country would move the Supreme Court if the Bill is also passed by the Rajya Sabha.

On Tuesday, before the bill was tabled in the Rajya Sabha, the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK), the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) and others have noted their reservations over the bill and wanted it to be referred to a select panel of parliamentarians. "We have told Congress that since they have not pressed for any amendments in the Lok Sabha, they should do the same in the Rajya Sabha", Kumar said.

It would be tough for the government in the Upper House to pass the bill in its present form as BJP is in minority here. There was, however, no official word from the Congress about the suggestion it was claimed to have made. That means anyone can accuse a Muslim man of violating this law (not just the wife) and the police has to take cognizance, make an arrest and hold the man without bail.

Before ending his column, Soz suggested the government to review the bill.