Triple talaq bill in Rajya Sabha today: Opposition parties likely to oppose

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Dec 31, 2018, 09.56 AM(IST)

File photo of the Parliament. Photograph:( ANI )

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The leaders of the opposition parties held a meeting in the Rajya Sabha ahead of the tabling of the bill today.

 

 

 

The opposition is expected to oppose the triple talaq bill in the Rajya Sabha today as the government plans to table The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill 2018 in the upper house of the Parliament.

The leaders of the opposition parties, earlier today, held a meeting in the Rajya Sabha ahead of the tabling of the bill.

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While the Trinamool Congress has already moved for the reference of the bill to the Select Committee of Rajya Sabha, the Congress and the SP may stage a walkout in case their demands remain unheard, reports said.

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The opposition has been demanding to send the bill to an 11-member Select Committee for further assessment after its passage from the Lok Sabha last week.

The bill, that makes the practice of instant divorce among Muslims a criminal offence with a provision of three-year jail term for the erring husband, was passed by the Lok Sabha on Thursday with the support of 245 votes against 11 on Thursday.

As per reports, both Congress and BJP have asked their members to be present in the Upper House during the discussion on the contentious bill today.

The government brought the measure after a five-judge bench of the Supreme Court termed as unconstitutional the practice that allowed Muslim men to divorce their wives by simply uttering the word 'talaq' three times in quick succession. 

(With inputs from agencies)