Triple Talaq : Bill in Rajya Sabha today, BJP issues whip to MPs

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After Lok Sabha last week passed the Triple Talaq Bill to criminalise the practice of ‘instant talaq’, it will be taken up for discussion in Rajya Sabha on Tuesday. The government, which has been leaving no stone unturned to get the Bill ratified as a law, has issued a three-line whip to its MPs, asking them to be present in Parliament for the next two days. The bill gives legal right to Muslim women against talaq-e-biddat or instant Triple Talaq and makes the practice a “cognizable and non-bailable offence”.

The bill might face stiff opposition as the NDA doesn’t enjoy a majority in the Upper House. Meanwhile, Opposition parties wanted the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill to be referred to a parliamentary committee. Opposition members have raised their concern over the award of three years of jail term for a Muslim man if he says talaq thrice to his wife. In his first remarks on Triple Talaq Bill after it was passed by Lok Sabha, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that after years of suffering women from Muslim community have finally found a way to free themselves.

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