The triple talaq bill is likely to face an opposition hurdle in the Rajya Sabha next week when it will be taken up in the Upper House. Parties opposed to the legislation are planning to introduce a resolution demanding that it be sent to a select committee for further scrutiny, an idea the government is vehemently opposed to.
The contentious Triple Talaq bill was passed by the Lok Sabha for the second time in less than a year after a heated debate Thursday.
“I appreciate the maturity of the Rajya Sabha and also the sensitivity of the issue. We believe that we will get support in the Rajya Sabha,” Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad told reporters during a Cabinet briefing.
The bill should not be about “political opposition” as it talks about justice for women victims of Triple Talaq, he said.
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Mr Prasad noted when women file for divorce against their husbands, they at times also slap a case of cruelty which, he added, is a criminal case.
“It was also said that this does not happen in other religions. But the fact is that the practice of triple talaq is not in any other religion,” he said.
Opposition parties, including the Congress, and some regional parties such as the AIADMK, which has often supported the government in Parliament, have already expressed their reservations against the bill.
Everybody said that Triple Talaq is wrong but they (opposition) also added that don’t make it a criminal offence, he said, terming this a “strange logic”.
The passage of the bill in the Upper House is likely to be a difficult task for the government as it lacks a majority there unlike in the Lok Sabha.
The Lok Sabha Thursday passed the bill with 245 voting in its favour and 11 opposing the legislation. Most opposition parties staged a walkout.
The Triple Talaq bill, which criminalises the practice of instant divorce by Muslim men. The approval of Rajya Sabha is important for the approval of the said bill.