Published: Tue, January 02, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

Triple Talaq bill to be tabled in Rajya Sabha on Tuesday

Triple Talaq bill to be tabled in Rajya Sabha on Tuesday

Congress kerala unit president M M Hassan has gone back on his stand that he opposed the triple talaq bill brought by the BJP-led central government.

The legislative department had clarified: "The proposed Bill is to protect the rights of married Muslim women and to prohibit divorce by pronouncing talaq-e-biddat by their husbands".

The government on Tuesday said it is in talks with the Congress for ensuring smooth passage of the triple talaq Bill in the Rajya Sabha, where it is expected to be taken up on Wednesday.

The Minister's remarks came just before the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2017 was listed for consideration and passage in the Rajya Sabha, when the House meets after a three-day break.

Hundreds of Muslim women will assemble at the residence of Minister of State (MoS) Vijay Goel on Sunday to thank Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the triple talaq bill. "Let it go for reconsideration to Select Committee", says NCP leader Majeed Memon.

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The Bill will be introduced by Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad in the upper house.

In Lok Sabha last week, the Congress and some other parties had demanded that the Bill should be sent to the Standing Committee, but the government rejected their demand.

AIADMK and BJD had opposed the legislation in Lok Sabha. The Congress however emphasised that it supports "any move to abolish the Triple Talaq", but has questioned the jail term provision asking how a man in prison will provide for the woman and children he has abandoned using the triple talaq.

The controversial bill had met with mixed reaction from all political parties when it was presented in the lower house.

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