The opposition opposed the contentious penal provision in the bill.
The government billed the new Triple Talaq Bill in the Lok Sabha today. This bill provides Protection of Rights on Marriage to Muslim Women.
The opposition, including Congress, opposed the contentious penal provision in the bill. Congress said that the Bill ‘doesn’t empower’ women while AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi called it ‘discriminatory’.
Earlier The bill passed by the Lok Sabha in December which provides for a three-year jail term for any Muslim man who divorces his wife instantly by uttering “Talaq” thrice. But it failed in Rajya Sabha as the opposition who were in majority in the upper house, wanted the bill to be sent to a selected committee of parliament for further vetting. The government rejected the demand then. Congress MP from Kerala, Shashi Tharoor was the first to object to the provision of the BIll.
However, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad rejected the arguments and said “It is the work of Parliament to enact a law. The interpretation of the law should be left to the courts.”
Doing away with Triple Talaq is one of the key poll promises of the Modi government. The Bill once passed, would put a curb on the practice of instant talaq. It proposes to make the offence cognizable.
What opposition demands?
The opposition has not opposed the bill. It has opposed to penal provisions. The Bill proposes a punishment of three years for a Muslim man practising triple talaq and says the accused can get bail only before the trial starts by the magistrate, provided his wife concurs.
Opposition parties led by the Congress have objected to a jail term in the law and are also seeking state compensation for the deserted wife and her children. The proposed law directs the husband to provide maintenance for the wife and her children.
Prior to introducing the ordinances, the Prime Minister also introduced his council of ministers to the house.