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Parliament Winter Session highlights: Lok Sabha passes Triple Talaq bill after intense debate

Parliament Winter Session highlights: Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said, "The triple talaq law is for women's rights and justice and not regarding any prayer, ritual or religion."

Parliament Winter Session highlights: Triple talaq introduced in Lok Sabha by Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.(Source: ANI photo)

Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Thursday introduced the triple talaq bill in Lok Sabha. This comes months after the Supreme Court struck down the Muslim practice of instant divorce.

Prasad tabled the triple talaq bill or the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill 2017, that criminalises the practice of instant triple talaq among Muslims, in the lower house, calling it a “historic day” amid opposition to its introduction by members of different parties, including RJD, AIMIM, BJD and All India Muslim League.

Prasad said that the law is about justice and respect for women and is not about any religion or community, adding that the practice of instant triple has continued despite the Supreme Court order terming it void.

The BJP had issued a whip in the lower House, asking all of its members to be present today and tomorrow to ensure the smooth sailing of the bill.

Meanwhile, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Thursday slammed Pakistan for the “discourteous” behaviour meted out to the mother and wife of Kulbhushan Jadhav in Islamabad when they went there to meet him.

She said, “In the name of security, Pakistani authorities forced his mother and wife to change clothes and take off their jewellery, including the ‘mangalsutra’, and bindi.”

Also Read | Govt to introduce bill to criminalise instant triple talaq in Parliament today

Follow Parliament Winter Session highlights below:

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7.33 pm: The triple talaq bill has been passed in Lok Sabha. It will now be sent to the Rajya Sabha for discussions. The Lok Sabha is adjourned till Friday.

7.26 pm: Two amendments moved by Asaduddin Owaisi and one by BJD’s Bhartruhari Mahtab negated in Lok Sabha. Amendments moved by Congress’s Sushmita Dev and CPIM’s A Sampath also negated

7.12 pm: Voting over amendments has begun

7.07 pm: This bill is important for the equality of Muslim women. It is important for gender equality, gender dignity, Prasad added

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7.03 pm: Women are pleased with the bill. Media reports suggest that people allo across the country have welcomed the bill, Prasad added

7.01 pm: On Congress’demand for referring the matter to the standing committee, Prasad asks why no suggestions were not given before tabling.

6.59 pm: For those who are opposing the bill saying that it will break the families, why those don’t people raise their voice when women are thrown out of their home, asks Prasad

6.58 pm: Even after the Supreme Court has declared the practice null and void, those who indulge in the practice should be treated like criminals. The fine and maintenance will be decided by the magistrate, Prasad said

6.55 pm: Ravi Shankar Prasad is anwering the reservatiosn about the need of the law and the maintenance provision in the bill. Adding that the practice is still rampant, Prasad said that the law makers are being made to feel like criminals for making the bill. He also added that for the rights of marginalised women, we are ready to be criminals for 10 times. This is not vote bank politics, but a humanitarian issue.

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6.10 pm: “What is the credibility of All India Muslim Personal Law Board? Who chose them to be community representatives? This slogan ‘Islam khatre mein hai’ was used before independence to divide India and is now being used to divide society, poison is being spread,” MJ Akbar said

4.11 pm: Triple talaqs have become very rampant and there is a need to stop it. Those who indulge in this practice must be punished: Meenakshi Lekhi, BJP

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4.02 pm: Asking about the maintenance of divoced women, Congress leader Sushmita Dev asked, “Will the govt create a corpus to provide maintenance to divorced women waiting for compensation?”

3.50 pm: “I thank Kharge ji for supporting the Govt on triple talaq Bill , whatever suggestions they have they should tell us here, if fine we can incorporate them in the law,” Prasad said in the House.

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All of us are supporting this bill, but there are certain lacunae which should and can be rectified in the standing committee,we can sit together and sort out in a time bound manner: Mallikarjun Kharge

3:20 pm: When Islamic countries have regulated provisions of triple talaq then why can’t we a secular nation do it? We are not interfering in Shariat: Prasad

3:19 pm: About 100 cases of triple talaq have come to light after Supreme Court’s verdict: Ravi Shankar Prasad in Lok Sabha

02:15 pm: “This is a historic day, victims have suffered for years and they have been rewarded for their patience. Request all MPs to help pass triple talaq bill,” said Shaista Ambar, All India Muslim Women’s Personal Law Board (AIMWPLB).

02:00: pm: UP Minister Mohsin Raza said, “People who run the Muslim Personal Law Board by remote control are the ones opposing it in the Parliament.”

01:00 pm: Ravi Shankar Prasad says, “Parliament has to decide whether the victims of triple talaq have fundamental rights or not,”  after some opposition members claimed it violated the fundamental rights guaranteed under the Constitution.

12:45 pm: Ravi Shankar Prasad said, “We are about to make history. This law is for women’s rights and justice and not regarding any prayer, ritual or religion.”

12:35 pm: MP and President of the AIMIM Asaduddin Owaisi opposed the bill saying, “This bill violates fundamental rights and lacks legal coherence. It will be an injustice to Muslim women.”

12:32 pm: Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad introduced the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, calling it a “historic day” amid opposition to its introduction by members of different parties, including RJD, AIMIM, BJD and All India Muslim League.

12:30 pm: Triple talaq has been introduced in Lok Sabha.

12:28 pm: Union Minister Ananth Kumar Hegde tenders apology in Lok Sabha for his controversial remarks on secularism and changing the Constitution.

12.27 pm: Swaraj also raised questions over letting Pakistani media come near the family members when it had been decided that the media will not be allowed to do so. “It was specifically agreed upon by both sides that media will not be allowed to come close to the family but Pakistani press not only came close to them but also harassed them & hurled taunts at them,” Swaraj said.

12:25 pm: “Thank God they didn’t say that there was a bomb in her (Kulbhushan Jadhav’s wife) shoes! If for security reasons she was made to take off shoes, they should have returned them when she was leaving but no, they had to commit some sort of cruelty,” Swaraj said in the Lok Sabha.

12:20 pm: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj makes statement in Lok Sabha on the visit of mother, wife of Kulbhushan Jadhav to Islamabad to meet him.

12:00 am: The Rajya Sabha has been adjourned till 2 pm.

11:30 am: Supporting Swaraj’s statement, Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said, “Misbehaviour of Pakistan with wife and mother of Kulbhushan Jadhav was misbehaviour with all Indians. Regardless of political differences, when it comes to nation’s dignity and another country misbehaves with our mothers & sisters, it will not be tolerated.”

11:28 am: Opposition leaders including Congress’ Ghulam Nabi Azad and TMC’s Derek O’ brian supported Sushma Swaraj’s statement on Kulbhushan Jadhav.

11:27 am: Meanwhile, Asaduddin Owaisi, AIMIM President has given a notice to oppose the introduction of Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage Bill) 2017 in Lok Sabha.

11:26 am: Sushma Swaraj said, “Kulbhushan Jadhav’s mother was not allowed to speak in Marathi, two Pakistani officials present in the meeting kept stopping her repeatedly but when she continued, the intercom was switched off.”

11:26 am: The EAM said, “Jadhav Ji’s mother who only wears a saree was forced to wear salwar-kurta. Bindi, bangles and mangalsutras of both mother and wife were removed. Both the married women were made to like widows.”

11: 23 am: It was nothing like a humanitarian gesture. Human rights of the family members were violated again & again & an environment of fear was created for them, said Sushma Swaraj in Rajya Sabha.

11:22 am: Even after her repeated attempts, the shoes of Kulbhushan Jadhav’s wife were not returned. Pakistan says there was a camera or a recorder in the shoes, nothing can be more absurd than this as she traveled in 2 flights with those shoes on. It is an absurdity beyond measure,” Shushma Swaraj said.

11:17 am: “Not just his wife but bindi and mangalsutra of his mother were also removed, I spoke to her she told me that as soon as she reached, Kulbhushan asked her ‘Baba kaise hain?’ because he thought a mishap has taken place when he wasn’t around,” says Sushma.

11:15 am: Sushma Swaraj says, “A meeting of a mother with her son & a wife with her husband was turned into a propaganda tool by Pakistan.”

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11:13 am: Sushma Swaraj says Pakistan broke understanding, and let media hassle kin.

11:12 am: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has started speaking on the Kulbhushan Jadhav case.

11:04 am: Congress’ Mallikarjun Kharge objected to Ananth Kumar Hegde’s clarification, following which Hegde said, ‘If anyone was hurt by my statements I tender an apology.”

11:02 am: Hegde also says, “I deeply respect the Constitution, the Parliament & Baba Saheb Ambedkar. The Constitution is supreme for me, there can be no question on it, as a citizen I can never go against it.”

11:01 am: Ananth Kumar Hegde says, “Regarding the deadlock in Lok Sabha & Rajya Sabha due to my statement, I want to assure my friends that constitution is supreme to me, Parliament is supreme to me.”

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10:56 am: Meanwhile, Congress leaders including Rahul Gandhi and Ghulam Nabi Azad protest inside Parliament premises over Ananth Kumar Hegde’s comments on the constitution.

10:55 am: Congress leader Salman Khurshid says, “I don’t think we can support it because they didn’t made us understand how this criminality of Triple Talaq will benefit women. If someone is lodged in prison as a punishment for saying Triple Talaq, who will take care of his family.”

10:50 am: External Affairs Minister Susuma Swaraj also arrives at the Parliament.

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10:38 am: Union Minister Ananth Kumar says that PM Narendra Modi has appealed for consensus in passing bill on triple talaq at BJP Parliamentary Party meet.

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10:30 am: Another victim Faiza Khan says, “We are really happy that the procedure started by Modi Ji & Yogi Ji for Muslim women is going to succeed. This day will be more significant in Muslim women’s life than Eid or Bakrid.”

10:26 am: “People like us who have been divorced & those who are threatened with divorce would be benefited from this law. If a law is formed for Triple Talaq just like there is a law for domestic violence, we will get some relief,” ANI quoted a triple talaq victim Huma Khayanat as saying.

10:14 am: BJP Parliamentary party meeting underway at Parliament’s Library Building.

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9:50 am: PM Modi, Rajnath Sing, Arun Jaitley and others arrive for BJP Parliamentary party meting at Parliament’s Library Building. See pictures

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09:49 am: Congress to protest in front of Gandhi status inside Parliament premises at 10 am over GST and Ananth Kumar Hegde’s comments on the Constitution.

09:43 am: Describing Pakistan as “hypocritical”, Trinamool Congress leader Saugata Roy said the incident should be criticised and demanded that Swaraj should speak on the issue.

09:42 am: Also, Opposition members on Wednesday condemned the hostile reception accorded to Jadhav’s wife Chetna and mother Avanti during their visit. “We condemn the way Kulbhushan Jadhav’s mother and wife were treated in Pakistan. Kulbhushan Jadhav should be brought back to the country,” Leader of the Congress in Loksabha, Mallikarjun Kharge said.

09:41 am: The bill was listed for introduction last week, but Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar said it would be introduced this week.

9: 40 am: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had already issued a whip to all its party members to be present in the Parliament in a bid to ensure that the introduction of the triple talaq bill is smooth and any stiff opposition from members on the other side at the introduction stage could be thwarted.

On Wednesday, Opposition members condemned the hostile reception accorded to Jadhav’s wife Chetna and mother Avanti during their visit. Leader of the Congress in Loksabha, Mallikarjun Kharge said, “We condemn the way Kulbhushan Jadhav’s mother and wife were treated in Pakistan. Kulbhushan Jadhav should be brought back to the country.”

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The day also saw stormy scenes in both the Houses as Opposition demanded the resignation of Union Minister Anantkumar Hegde’s over his controversial remarks on the Constitution.

First published on: 28-12-2017 at 10:06:54 am
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