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Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad tables Triple Talaq Bill in Rajya Sabha

File photo of the Rajya Sabha, India's upper house of parliament. Photograph:( ANI )

WION Web Team New Delhi, India Jul 30, 2019, 12.13 PM (IST) Edited By: Riya Gupta

Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Tuesday tabled Triple Talaq Bill in the Rajya Sabha.

''This is a matter of gender justice, dignity and equality,'' Prasad said on Triple Talaq Bill.

The Lok Sabha on July 25 had passed the contentious bill to criminalise triple talaq, amidst a walkout by Opposition members accusing the government of "singling out" a community.

The bill was passed with 302 votes in favour and 82 against it.

Yesterday, the BJP had issued a three-line whip to its Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha lawmakers to be present in both the Houses today to support the bills introduced by the government.

The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2019, seeks to criminalise the act of instant divorce among Muslims with a three-year jail sentence for men who practice triple talaq, which has been made illegal by the Supreme Court.