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Triple Talaq Bill in Lok Sabha Today HIGHLIGHTS: The bill seeks to replace the ordinance passed by the previous government in February after a similar bill could not be passed in the Rajya Sabha.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 25, 2019 10:10:28 pm
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Triple Talaq Bill in Lok Sabha HIGHLIGHTS: After a prolonged debate, Lok Sabha Thursday passed the contentious Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill 2019, commonly known as the Triple Talaq Bill with a majority of 303 votes. After members of Parliament raised questions primarily on the criminalisation of the bill, Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said, “If we provide a provision of bail under the law, the husband can go scot-free when he says he hasn’t given triple talaq.” He further said the law is not about religion or garnering votes, it is for women empowerment.

This is the first time that the bill was tabled in the 17th Lok Sabha by the BJP government after coming back to power.

The triple talaq bill was tabled in the Lok Sabha by Prasad today. A heated debate took place between the Centre and the Opposition over the contentious bill. Calling the bill as “anti-Islam”, AIMIM Asaduddin Owaisi said introducing a law will not eradicate a social evil.

The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill 2019, which aims to criminalise instant triple talaq, was introduced by Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, last month. Prasad had introduced a fresh bill in this regard to ban instant triple talaq in the Lok Sabha, saying it would help protect the rights of Muslim women. The bill seeks to replace the ordinance passed by the previous government in February after a similar bill could not be passed in the Rajya Sabha.

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 The contentious triple talaq Bill will be taken up in the Lok Sabha today for consideration and passing. Follow HIGHLIGHTS

19:26 (IST)25 Jul 2019
Rajya Sabha passes RTI Bill

In a major setback to the Opposition, the Rajya Sabha votes against sending the RTI Amendment Bill to select panel and passes the bill.

Opposition demands scrutiny of the bill. Congress staged a walkout from the Rajya Sabha, says the governmanet is bullying. 

19:20 (IST)25 Jul 2019
What is Triple Talaq Bill?

The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2019 was introduced in Lok Sabha by Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on June 21. It replaces the ordianance promulgated in February. The bill makes Talaq-e-biddat or instant triple talaq a cognizable offence. Talaq-e-biddat refers to the practice under Muslim personal laws where pronouncement of the word ‘talaq’ thrice in one sitting by a Muslim man to his wife results in an instant and irrevocable divorce.

* The bill will attract three years imprisonment for a person gives instant triple talaq and the offence will be cognizable if the information of the offence is given by the married woman, against whome talaq has been declared or any person related to her by blood or marriage.

* The bill provides that the Magistrate may grant bail to the accused. The bail may be granted only after hearing the woman (against whom talaq has been pronounced), and if the Magistrate is satisfied that there are reasonable grounds for granting bail.

* The offence may be compounded by the Magistrate upon the request of the woman (against whom talaq has been declared).

* A Muslim woman against whom talaq has been declared, is entitled to seek subsistence allowance from her husband for herself and for her dependent children.

* A Muslim woman against whom such talaq has been declared, is entitled to seek custody of her minor children.

18:59 (IST)25 Jul 2019
Lok Sabha session extended till August 7
18:38 (IST)25 Jul 2019
Lok Sabha passes Triple Talaq Bill

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18:15 (IST)25 Jul 2019
Voting underway in Lok Sabha on triple talaq bill

Concluding discusion on the contentious triple talaq bill, Speaker Om Birla has inititated voting on the bill. 

18:13 (IST)25 Jul 2019
Action is being taken on mob lynching: Ravi Shankar Prasad on triple talaq bill

Ravi Shankar Prasad: Now there are demands that bring a law against mob lynchings, Isn't there a section on murder, on conspiracy? Isn't the court punishing in cases of mob lynchings?If incidents of mob lynchings are taking place then action is also being taken.

18:12 (IST)25 Jul 2019
Husband can go scot free if we provide bail in law: Ravi Shankar Prasad on triple talaq bill

Ravi Shankar Prasad on triple talaq bill said that after a woman takes a legal recourse, the marriage will subsist and the husband will have to pay the subsistance amount. 

When Owaisi questioned why the law is a non-bailable offence, Prasad said, "If we provide bail in the law, the husband can go scot free when he says he hasn;t given triple talaq."

18:09 (IST)25 Jul 2019
Why is law criminalising Muslim husbands: Shashi Tharoor on triple talaq bill

Congress leader Shashi Tharoor said that the crime is the desertion of wife without taking responsibilty. "Why is a law criminalising Muslim husbands," Tharoor asked. 

Replying to Ravi Shankar Prasad on Congress passing all other marriage laws in the past, Tharoor said, "Those acts were not illegal until we passecd a law, this has already been made illegal by the Supreme Court."

17:55 (IST)25 Jul 2019
There have been 345 cases of triple talaq after SC verdict: Ravi Shankar Prasad in LS

Ravi Shankar Prasad: There have been 345 cases of triple talaq after the judgment till July 24. Should we leave these women on roads? I am a minister in Narendra Modi govt and not in Rajiv Gandhi govt.

17:51 (IST)25 Jul 2019
Opposition doesn't want to scrutinise the law but reject it altogether: Ravi Shankar Prasad

Speaking on why triple talaq has been made a penal offence, Prasad said there are times a deterrance is required under the law. "Be it biagamy or polugamy, all these have been removed."

Ravi Shankar Prasad: Opposition doesn't want to scrutinise the law but reject it altogether

17:46 (IST)25 Jul 2019
No law deals with triple talaq: Ravi Shankar Prasad on bill in LS

Citing various marriage laws, Ravi Shankar Prasad said no law deals with triple talaq. "This law is not about religion or vote. It is for women empowerment," said Prasad.

17:13 (IST)25 Jul 2019
RTI a victim of unintended consequences, says Swapan Dasgupta

Nominated member Swapan Dasgupta in Rajya Sabha says, "RTI is a victim of unintended consequences. It was set up with a certain nobility of purpose - to make government transparent and to allow citizens access the process of decision making. And it has served it purpose largely. But at the same time, it has also been hijacked to a very large extent by the people called activists. I think every one of us knows this is the truth but refused to accept it."

16:40 (IST)25 Jul 2019
Congress opposes RTI (Amendment) Bill

Congress' Abhishek Manu Singhvi opposes the Right to Information (Amendment) Bill, 2019 in Rajya Sabha, says, "the government is scared to give some independence to RTI. If you make this amendment, you're going to downgrade the institution and control it."

16:19 (IST)25 Jul 2019
Triple Talaq Bill is anti-Islam: AIMIM Asaduddin Owaisi on triple talaq bill

AIMIM Asaduddin Owaisi says this law has been introduced to push away Muslims from their religion. "Introducing a law will not eradicate social evil," he says. 

Owaisi questioned the Centre why a law against mob lynching has not been introduced. "You brought an ordinance for jalli kattu. When a Muslim woman was raped in Muzzaffarnagar, no conviction was held. If you have any respect for women, send all women BJP MP in a special aircraft to Sabarimala."

He further said, this is a violation of Article 26.

16:12 (IST)25 Jul 2019
Rajya Sabha adjourned till 4:25 pm

Rajya Sabha has been further adjourned till 4:25 pm.

16:10 (IST)25 Jul 2019
Muslim woman should have right to leave marriage: AIMIM Asaduddin Owaisi on triple talaq bill

AIMIM Asaduddin Owaisi: The woman should have the right to leave the marriage. Will the husband give maintainence from jail? Why should the woman remain married to the husband who's in imprisonment?

Owaisi: The bill gives three years jail to husband, it is against the criminal jurisprudence. Instead you should put a condition that if a husband gives a divorce, then the amount of Meher will go to the woman. The marriage is a contract. This is not a "janam janam ka saath hai". This life is enough. Muslims are not homogenous in India.

15:55 (IST)25 Jul 2019
Rajya Sabha adjourned for 15 min

Rajya Sabha has been adjourned for 15 minutes, proceedings will resume at 4:09 pm

15:52 (IST)25 Jul 2019
BJD's Sasmit Patra addresses his first maiden speech in Rajya Sabha

BJD's Sasmit Patra, in his maiden speech in the Rajya Sabha, says "RTI Act has created history and we support the amendments listed. But our party will want assurance from the Minister that the Amendment Bill should not be detrimental. These issues should not have a detrimental effect on the 2005 RTI Act. We also want the concerns raised both inside and outside the House be looked into."

15:46 (IST)25 Jul 2019
This is for women, don't make it about religion: BJP's Kirron Kher on triple talaq bill

BJP MP Kirron Kher asks Congress why triple talalq was not banned during their governcance. While addressing the Lok Sabha, Kher draws attention of the House to the unreported cases of triple talaq and says the Muslim women unfortunately do not know the legal course. "It is an insult to our legal system," Kher says. 

Kirron Kher: "Women face several issues in a marriage and hence Meslim women took a legal recourse through the Supreme Court. This bill has nothing to do with religion. It is about women."

15:43 (IST)25 Jul 2019
Why is opposition opposing now?: BJP's Shiv Pratap Shukla in RS

"When former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had asked to analyse the RTI Bill, no one said anything. But now when we are working on this, the Opposition is opposing it. Why? What is wrong?": BJP leader Shiv Pratap Shukla in Rajya Sabha

If you look visibly like a Muslim, is that reason enough for you to be marginalised or demonised? The fate of the Bill will hinge on what position three fence-sitter parties take — JD(U) and TRS, with six seats each, and YSR Congress with two. (Image for representational image)

The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill 2019, which aims to criminalise instant triple talaq, is set to be tabled in Lok Sabha on Thursday. This is the first time that the bill will be tabled in the 17th Lok Sabha by the BJP government after coming back to power.

Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, last month, had introduced a fresh bill to ban instant triple talaq in the Lok Sabha, saying it would help protect the rights of Muslim women. The bill seeks to replace the ordinance passed by the previous government in February after a similar bill could not be passed in the Rajya Sabha.

In the 16th Lok Sabha, the bill was passed after four hours of debate. However, the bill did not get through the Rajya Sabha as BJP and its allies did not have a majority in the Upper House and the Opposition had disrupted proceedings over the Rafale deal. The bill had, therefore, lapsed.

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