Triple Talaq Bill to be Introduced in Rajya Sabha Today
New Delhi, Jan 2: The contentious Triple Talaq Bill, which was passed by Lok Sabha last week, is listed for introduction in Rajya Sabha on Tuesday. Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has listed the bill, according to list of business of the Upper House.
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. The Congress party, which demanded the Bill to be referred to standing committee, may have its way as the Bill may finally be referred to a parliamentary committee for review.
A media report said that the Bill might get delayed as the government wants to form a consensus with the opposition parties as without their support, the bill will get stuck. Congress, AIADMK and DMK were in favour of sending the bill to a panel before its passage. The parties are opposing the provision of three-year jail term for Muslim men who give instant divorce.
The bill criminalises instant triple talaq among Muslims. It makes triple talaq punishable by three years in jail for the husband. This bill also gives power to the victim to approach a magistrate seeking “subsistence allowance” for herself and minor children in the case of instant triple talaq or talaq-e- biddat.A victim can also seek the custody of her minor children from the magistrate.
The bill says that instant triple talaq in any form — spoken, in writing or by electronic means such as email, SMS and WhatsApp — would be illegal and void.
The Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) has said that various Muslim bodies in the country would move the Supreme Court if the bill is also passed by the Rajya Sabha.
(With agency inputs)