The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill seeking to criminalise instant divorce, triple talaq, was tabled in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday amid protests by Opposition. As Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad tabled the bill in Rajya Sabha, the Opposition created a ruckus in the house.
"Even after passage of Triple Talaq Bill in Lok Sabha the practice is continuing, a woman in Moradabad was given Triple Talaq over dowry," said the Law Minister.
Congress's Anand Sharma moved notice stating that Triple Talaq Bill be referred to a Select Committee of Rajya Sabha for review and also proposed names of committee members.
Reacting to the notice, Arun Jaitley said, "The house is taken by surprise that a motion is suddenly moved, it has not been submitted a day before. The motion has to be give at least 24 hours in advance. The whole country is watching that in the other house you supported the bill and in this house you are trying to derail the bill."
Last week, the bill was passed in the Lok Sabha with most of the leading parties in the Opposition, including the Congress, voting in favour, but with caveats. It was passed after the House rejected a string of amendments moved by various Opposition members.
This bill gives power to the victim to approach a magistrate seeking "subsistence allowance" for herself and minor children in the case of instant triple talaq or talaq-e- biddat.
Here are the Highlights:
# Samajwadi Party’s Naresh Agrawal said on Muslim women who were present in Rajya Sabha to observe tabling of Triple Talaq Bill, ‘What was the guarantee that she was Muslim? Did you see? Who knows if they were BJP’s Women Front member?’
# Trinamool Congress MP Derek O' Brien said Triple Talaq Bill is a faulty bill and that no womens’ groups or stake holders were consulted. We are asking for talks with stake holders.
# Congress’ Anand Sharma has proposed these names for Select Committee in the notice: Renuka Chowdhary, K Rahman Khan, Derek O Brien, Javed Ahmad, Majeed Memon, KK Ragesh, D Raja, Satish Chandra Mishra, Vivek Tankha, and others.
# BJP’s Ravi Shankar Prasad said 'Congress took a completely divergent view in Rajya Sabha but supported the Triple Talaq Bill in Lok Sabha. This was because they were less in number in the Lok Sabha. Let the country know Congress’ hypocrisy and double standards.'
# Rajya Sabha adjourned till 11 am tommorrow after continued pandemonium over Triple Talaq Bill
# Congress's Anand Sharma: We stand for rights and dignity of women. It is unfair to say that they are the only ones responsible. Why haven't you brought up the women reservation bill in the past three and a half years if you care about women's rights?
# Arun Jaitley: The court had suspended Triple Talaq under Article 142. The court ‘beseeched’ all political parties and asked a law to be brought in.
# Arun Jaitley: Triple Talaq Bill should not be referred to the select committee as the practice is already declared unconstitutional. Two of the judges held it unfair and used their extraordinary power to suspend it for six months
# Arun Jaitley: You supported the bill in Lok Sabha and trying to derail the bill here
# Arun Jaitley: Opposition takes House by surprise by passing a motion suddenly. I have never come across a motion that was not submitted 24 hours in advance.
# Congress's Anand Sharma proposes names for committee members.
# Congress's Anand Sharma moves notice stating that Triple Talaq Bill be referred to a Select Committee of Rajya Sabha.
# Law Minister RS Prasad: Even after passage of Triple Talaq Bill in Lok Sabha, a woman in Moradabad was given Triple Talaq over dowry
# Law Minister RS Prasad tables Triple Talaq Bill in Rajya Sabha
# Ghulam Nabi Azad: We condemn the statement by Law Minister. We are raising the issue of Dalit atrocities as this government is anti-Dalit
# Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad: Dalit protest in Maharashtra is being raised deliberately to stall Triple Talaq Bill.
# Opposition disrupts Triple Talaq debate in the Parliament over Dalit protests in Maharashtra
#Rajya Sabha adjourned till 3 pm following uproar
#Ghulam Nabi Azad says BJP is anti-Dalit
"Now, the entire world knows who has divided and who is diving. Everyone knows whose agenda it is to divide India in the name of caste and religion," Congress' Ghulam Nabi Azad said. "I strongly condemn this attitude of BJP. They are anti-Dalit. Dalits are being killed day-in and day-out. And yet, they don't want these issues to be raised inside and outside the Parliament," Azad further said.
Atrocities are being inflicted on Dalits since the last 3 and a half years, since BJP came to power in the centre: Ghulam Nabi Azad, Congress pic.twitter.com/Mmz9xI7gew— ANI (@ANI) January 3, 2018
#Lok Sabha adjourned till 11 am tomorrow
#Congress again demands PM Modi's statement
"I want a reply from the prime minister on this issue. Because such things are happening throughout the country," said Kharge in the Lok Sabha as the issue caused uproar in the Lok Sabha again.
"He can't stay mum! He is a 'mauni baba' (mute spectator) on such issues," he said.
#Lok Sabha adjourned till 12.45 pm
#Congress speaking the language of riots, says BJP in Lok Sabha
"The Maharashtra government is doing everything in its power to control the situation. On the other hand, Congress is speaking the language of riots," BJP's Raosaheb Patil Danve said in the Lok Sabha.
#Congress only using this issue for provocation: Govt in LS
"Mallikarjun Kharge only wants to use this issue for provocation. Congress is losing everywhere. That's why they are doing this," Union minister Ananth Kumar said in the Lok Sabha.
#Bhima-Koregaon issue raised in Lok Sabha
"There are some facsist forces who want to oppress Dalits. The injustices against Dalits in rural and urban areas are highly unfair," said Congress' Mallikarjun Kharge in the Lok Sabha.
"Whenever Dalits try to live respectfully, there are some people who try to harm them and interrupt such efforts. This is what happened in Bhima-Koregaon," Kharge further said.
"Why did such an incident happen after years of peace at such an event? Recruitment of Dalits in the army was forbidden for thousands of years because they couldn't carry weapons," Kharge further said.
#Rajya Sabha adjourned for the second time, this time till 2 pm
#Congress demands statement from Narendra Modi in Lok Sabha
# "RSS is behind the Bhima-Koregaon violence," said Mallikarjun Kharge in Lok Sabha. Uproar erupted in the House as soon as Kharge made this statement.
# "Whether it is in Gujarat, Una, Rajasthan, there is nothing but injustice wherever BJP is in power," Kharge said. "A Supreme Court judge should be appointed and he should inquire this. The prime minister should come to the House and make a statement. When such incidents are happening, he does nothing," he added.
# Rajya Sabha adjourned till 12PM as MPs raise Maha caste violence issue
# Jan Adhikar Party (JAP) leader and Madhepura MP Pappu Yadav gives adjournment motion notice in Lok Sabha over #BhimaKoregaonViolence
# CPI leader D. Raja gives zero hour notice in Rajya Sabha over "increasing atrocities against Dalits"
# Congress MP Rajni Patil gives adjournment motion notice in Rajya Sabha under rule 267
# Samajwadi Party MP Naresh Agrawal gives adjournment motion notice under rule 267 in Rajya Sabha on Bhima Koregaon Violence
A victim can also seek the custody of her minor children from the magistrate.
Under the law, instant triple talaq in any form -- spoken, in writing or by electronic means such as email, SMS and WhatsApp -- would be illegal and void.