Political parties on Thursday indulged in a slugfest both inside and outside Parliament as a bill to ban instant triple talaq was tabled in the Rajya Sabha, amid uncertainty over its fate with only two days of the winter session being left.
While the Government wanted to debate on the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill in the Rajya Sabha, the opposition wanted it to be sent to a Select Committee for scrutiny before it is a made a law.
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.
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.
The bill could get stalled in the Rajya Sabha where government lacks a majority and it may be referred to a parliamentary committee for its review.
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# Sudhanshu Trivedi, BJP: The duplicity of Congress is quite clear, it has become typical characteristic of Congress.
#Smriti Irani: Double standards of congress led opposition are exposed today and I think it is a shame on them that they are trying to obstruct this path of justice for Indian muslim women.
# Smriti Irani: Opposition stands exposed in RS, for past 2 days repeatedly it has been said that if there are any issues need to be spoken on Triple Talaq Bill, those issues need to be put out on the floor of the House. Why is congress -led opposition running away from discussion?
# Kapil Sibal: The government is isolated, the Opposition is one. The bill should be sent to the select committee.
# TMC MP Derek 0 Brein: Today BJP has been exposed, they don't have the guts to empower women.
# Rajya Sabha adjourned till Friday 11 am following ruckus over triple talaq bill.
# Congress's Ghulam Nabi Azad: The select committee has to be one which represents the character of the house. We only have an issue about the allowance which we have repeatedly raised. We are for the bill.
# Arun Jaitley: Congress wants to destroy the Triple Talaq Bill.
# Uproar in Rajya Sabha after opposition's motion on Triple Talaq Bill.
#Opposition demands Triple Talaq Bill be sent to select committee
# Maharashtra #BhimaKoregaonViolence raised in Rajya Sabha by Congress MP Rajni Patil; SP's Naresh Agarwal also demands action and constitution of a Commission for a report on the matter
Congress MP Rajni Patil gives notice in Rajya Sabha under rule 267 over #BhimaKoregaonViolence— ANI (@ANI) January 4, 2018
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