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President Ram Nath Kovind gives assent to Triple Talaq Bill

The number game favoured the saffron party and it got the Triple Talaq Bill passed in Rajya Sabha with a final result of a 99-84 score.

SNS | New Delhi |

After the Lower and the Upper House passed the Triple Talaq Bill, President Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday, gave his go-ahead which made the practice of giving instant triple talaq a criminal offence.

The Triple Talaq Bill or Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2019 was passed in one go in the Lok Sabha with 303 votes in favour on July 25, amid an outcry by the Opposition for the bill’s scrutiny by a Standing Committee.

The Triple Talaq Bill has faced challenges in the Rajya Sabha earlier, where the BJP-led NDA does not have a majority. However, the number game favoured the saffron party and it got the bill passed with a final result of a 99-84 score on July 30

Favouring the permutation and combination, BJP’s NDA allies AIADMK and JD(U) staged a walkout while the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) abstained from voting. From the opposition, NCP’s Sharad Pawar, Praful Patel, four Congress MPs and two from the Samajwadi Party (SP) did not turn up for the voting.

After the passing of the bill in Rajya Sabha, Union Minister of Law and Justice Ravi Shankar Prasad had said, “Today is a historic day. Both the Houses have given justice to Muslim women. This is the beginning of a transforming India.”

The Supreme Court had on August 2017 declared “triple talaq” unconstitutional and in violation of Article 14 of the Indian Constitution, which provides for equality before the law and directed the government to enact a law on the issue.