Triple Talaq Bill Passed in Loksabha, sterner test awaits in Rajya Sabha

Team SoOLEGAL 29 Dec 2017 11:02am

Triple Talaq Bill Passed in Loksabha, sterner test awaits in Rajya Sabha

In a historic but politically contentious move, the Narendra Modi government used its big majority in the Loksabha to pass a bill criminalising triple talaq among Muslims even as sections of the opposition demanded changes in the proposed law and a small minority rejected the legislation.

Though no opposition party demanded a vote in the Lok Sabha due to NDA numbers as well as reluctance to openly oppose the proposed law, the government is bracing for a tougher numbers game in the Rajya Sabha where it lacks a majority and the opposition could insist on vetting by a parliament panel.

The Lok Sabha passed the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill amid a demand from the opposition that the criminilisation clause be scrutinised by a parliament panel and law minister ravi Shankar Prasad’s vociferous defence that the House needed to choose between procedures and the cries of justice form Muslim women.

Rejecting the opposition’s objections on grounds such as criminal procedure being uncalled for in a civil contract like marriage, Prasad said the Dowry Prohibition Act, child marriage laws and the adultery law were all linked to marriage but invited criminal action. The same should be the case with triple talaq in the light of the Supreme Court ruling it unconstitutional and judges on the bench calling for legislative action, he added.

"As far as maintenance is concerned, it will be at the discretion of the magistrate. An accused will not get bail from the police station but can seek bail in a magistrate's court," Prasad clarified.

[Source: TOI]


Tagged: Triple Talaq Bill   NDA government. Lok Sabha   Rajya Sabha   Parliament   Protection of Rights on Marriage  
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