Opposition parties insist on Select Committee for Triple Talaq bill

Casey Dawson
January 3, 2018

Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge opined that the NDA-led government is promoting the bill for the sake of politics while it does not believe in deliberating in a democracy.

The contentious Bill that criminalises instant triple talaq among Muslims, already passed by the Lok Sabha, is set to be introduced in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday.

Most parties are against the provision for jailing offenders - they say they don't want a civil matter to be criminalised.

Lok Sabha is also expected to pass the National Medical Commission Bill 2017 today.

Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has listed the bill, according to list of business of the Upper House.

The opposition parties are said to be planning for either amendment against criminalising triple talaq or referring the Bill to a select committee for detailed consideration. The Left parties (CPM and CPI), SP, BSP, NCP, RJD and a host of other parties have issues with the Bill in its present form. The bill was passed by Lok Sabha last week.

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The Bill could get stalled in the Rajya Sabha where government lacks a majority and it may be referred to a parliamentary committee for its review. "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", Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar said.

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 MPs, sources said, pointed out that the bill is too short and it is not just the government that wants to protect Muslim women.

Writing for The Indian Express, Salman Soz, Congress leader, who supported the Supreme Court judgement on triple talaq, alleged that "I didn't imagine that the apex court's progressive judgment would become a pretext for the Narendra Modi-led government to put forward a bill that would not only do little to advance the interests of Muslim women, but could end up harming the interests of both Muslim women and men". We have to see how the debate evolves. what is actually included and how is it implementable. and until it is equitable for all women under all clauses of talaq.

The Shiv Sena, an ally of the BJP, has also demanded the bill be sent to a select committee.

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