After LS, the triple talaq bill passed in Rajya Sabha with 99 votes for
Parliament on Tuesday approved the bill that makes instant triple talaq a criminal offense, after the contested legislation was passed by Rajya Sabha following the extension of support for the non-aligned BJD and the withdrawal of voters from the NDA JD-U and AIADMK.
Lok Sabha passed the Muslim Women (Protection of Marriage Rights) Bill last week and with Rajya Sabha now endorsing it, the practice of instant divorce by Muslim men will carry a prison sentence of up to go up to three years.
The upper house passed the bill with 99 votes in favor and 84 against.
He had previously rejected an opposition-sponsored motion to send the bill to a select committee of Rajya Sabha with 100 votes to 84 to.
While the BJD supported the legislation, JD-U and AIADMK withdrew, lowering the majority which normally stands at 121. The ruling NDA has 107 members among the 242 members of the Rajya Sabha.
The NDA was also helped by the absence of some members of SP and BSP as well as those of Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) and YSR-Congress.
The same strategy had helped the government push through the controversial Right to Information Act (RTI) amendment last week despite the lack of numbers in the Upper House.
Once sanctioned by the President, the bill will replace an ordinance promulgated on February 21 to the same effect as the bill.
Responding to a four-and-a-half-hour debate on the bill, Justice Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad cited provisions in the law banning dowry and multiple marriages for Hindu men as a justification for the three-year sentence of prison for Muslim men practicing triple talaq.
To opposition leader Ghulam Nabi Azad, who called the bill a politically motivated measure to destroy Muslim homes through domestic fighting, the minister said the Congress leader should think about why his party could never win a majority after the peak of over 400 seats. he won in 1984.
He saw the Shah Bano case of 1986, where Congress failed to reach out to support women’s rights, as the main reason for the party’s downfall.
The law, he said, was not enforced due to the 2017 Supreme Court ruling declaring talaq-e-biddat, commonly known as instant triple talaq, unconstitutional.
“I am minister of the Narendra Modi government and not of the Rajiv Gandhi government,” he said, citing the Shah Bano case of 1986.
He said he couldn’t let go of women who got divorced by triple talaq through WhatsApp or other such means.
When the Muslim world is trying to reform, why can’t a democracy do the same, he said.
Trying to shake off an anti-Muslim image, he said his party had given the nation a president from the same community.
Accused by the opposition of targeting Muslims, he said the BJP may get a few fewer votes from the community, but sees them as an integral part of the country and operates on the principle of “sabka saath”. , sabka vikas, sabka vishwas ”.
Prasad said the bill should not be viewed through a political lens as it is about humanity, women’s empowerment and gender equality.
“More than 20 Islamic nations have regulated the triple talaq,” he said.
Azad said the opposition was forced to vote against the bill after the government refused his request to send it to a select committee and make triple talaq a civil offense.
The Triple Talaq bill failed to pass through the upper house earlier this year during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s first term in office, although it was passed by Lok Sabha.
The bill was passed again by Lok Sabha last week amid a walkout by several opposition parties, including Congress and Congress in Trinamool.
Opposition parties say the proposed law in its current form could be misused to harass Muslims and wanted it to be considered by a parliamentary committee.