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After intense debate Triple Talaq bill passes in Loksabha; Congress to support with conditions

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– When Islamic countries have banned triple talaq, why can’t we, says Prasad

– This bill violates fundamental rights and lacks legal coherence: Asaduddin Owaisi

– People who run the Muslim Personal Law Board by remote control are the ones opposing it in the Parliament: Mohsin Raza

– Mallikarjun Kharge of the Congress said the Bill be referred to a Parliamentary Standing Committee.

– Shaista Ambar, All India Muslim Women’s Personal Law Board request all MPs to help pass triple talaq bill

– Triple talaqs have become very rampant and there is a need to stop it: Meenakshi Lekhi, BJP

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.

Members oppose the introduction of the Triple Talaq Bill saying it violates Article 15 of the Constitution. In what promises to be an action-packed day at Parliament, the government will make a statement in the Lok Sabha on the treatment meted out by Pakistan to the family members of former naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav. The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2017 is taken up for consideration and passing. A bill seeking to criminalise the practice of instant triple talaq is set to be introduced in the Lok Sabha.

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. The instant triple talaq Bill is introduced. Arun Jaitley introduces The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Amendment) Bill, 2017.

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.”

Triple talaq has been introduced in Lok Sabha. 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.

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.”

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.” 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, he added.

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

Mallikarjun Kharge of the Congress said there are flaws in the Bill. He asks that the Bill be referred to a Parliamentary Standing Committee. Sushmita Dey of the Congress speaks next. She calls it a historic Bill for the empowerment of women.

“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).

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

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

“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.

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?”

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

Kanimozhi of the DMK continues the short duration discussion in the House. Anwar Raajhaa of the AIADMK says that the Supreme Court had never said that triple talaq should be treated as a crime.

Ms. Dey says that this government is not willing to legislate marital rape, under the excuse that it is open to abuse and misuse. “Is this Bill not rife with the opportunity to abuse Muslim men?”

During the session, various discussions taken by members of parliament such as:

The National Capital Territory of Delhi Laws (Special Provisions Third (Amendment)) Bill, 2017 is passed. Mr. Mahtab makes a submission about the Polavaram project, and Odisha not being consulted on it. The triple talaq Bill will be taken up for consideration and passing today. The Law Minister makes a statement in the House on the new Telangana High Court. A.P. Jithender Reddy asks for a reassurance on appointment and elevation of judges. Mr. Prasad says that the collegium of the High Court and the Supreme Court decides on appointment of judges, and that he cannot give an assurance on the same.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh says that all issues relating to the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh can be taken up in a talk between the two Chief Ministers and himself. Zero Hour continues with Sudip Bandhopadhyay of the Trinamool Congress making the next submission on the fiscal deficit target.

Jayadev Galla of the TDP rises to make a submission on river linking in Andhra Pradesh. Anbumani Ramadoss of the PMK speaks about the damage wrought by cyclone Ockhi.

Jayadev Galla of the TDP asks a supplementary question on the saving of solar energy in batteries. Sushma Swaraj rises to make a statement on treatment of Kulbhushan Jadhav’s wife and mother by Pakistan.

Representative Members from various parties register their condemnation of the treatment meted out to Kulbhushan Jadhav’s family.

Bhupendra Yadav of the BJP raises a point of order asking the Chair to give a privilege notice to an Opposition MP. “No Member should take the name of person who is not present in the House, who cannot defend himself in the House,” says the Chair. He says that the House has come back to normalcy thanks to the initiative taken by the Leader of the House, the Leader of Opposition and other Members. “Let us continue this good tradition,” Mr. Naidu says.

LoP Ghulam Nabi Azad asks the Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs to give a response to Anantkumar Hegde’s comments on secularism.Vijay Goel, the MoS says that Mr. Hegde has apologised  to the Lok Sabha, as well as outside Parliament.

A question on flights to international destinations is being answered now. Ashok Gajapathi Raju, the Civil Aviation Minister says he is open to any suggestion to make Air India “vibrant.”

The next question is on illegal mining. N.K. Premachandran of the RSP says a lot of illegal mining is happening in his constituency, Kollam. He said there is collusion between the mining mafia and concerned authorities.

Sushma Swaraj spoke on Jadhav issue “A meeting of a mother with her son and a wife with her husband was turned into a propaganda tool by Pakistan. Not just of his wife, but the bindi and mangalsutra of his mother were also removed.”

Anantkumar Hegde apologised “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,” Anantkumar Hegde said in Lok Sabha.

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