Consensus eludes triple talaq Bill; legislation not tabled in RS

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The bill is facing reservations from some opposition parties over its misuse by women in the future.

Hoping for a smooth passage (of Triple Talaq bill) in Rajya Sabha.

Most parties are against the provision for jailing offenders - they say they don't want a civil matter to be criminalised.

Earlier, Ananth Kumar said the government was in talks with the Congress and other parties for ensuring smooth passage of the bill in the Upper House. We have demanded that the Bill must go to the select committee so that it can be considered carefully.

The Bill that criminalises instant divorce with three years of imprisonment for Muslim man was passed by a voice vote in Lok Sabha.

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.

The Trinamool Congress and Left parties would press for referring the triple talaq bill to a select committee when it comes up for consideration in the Rajya Sabha tomorrow, sources in the two parties said today.

MPs noted that the government has conceded in Lok Sabha that the bill was conceived without consultations with Muslim groups and argued it was imperative that this gap be now filled because parliamentary committees, as a matter of procedure, take the views of a cross-section of people. "We have told Congress that since they have not pressed for any amendments in the Lok Sabha, they should do the same in the Rajya Sabha", Kumar said. There is no black and white solution to this, We have to see how the debate evolves... what is actually included and how is it implementable.... and until it is equitable for all women under all clauses of talaq.

Interestingly, NDA ally TDP is also opposed the passing of the bill in its present form, according to sources.

The SC said triple talaq violates the fundamental rights of Muslim women as it irrevocably ends a marriage without any chance of reconciliation. There is a greater consensus within the country that there should be a stringent law, preventive mechanism to give protection to Muslim women. "This bill, I believe, will be passed in the Rajya Sabha", said Tomar.

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