The opposition stalled the Triple Talaq Bill — Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill — amid pandemonium in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday. There were heated arguments as Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad introduced the Bill in the Upper House.
Later, Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad slammed the Congress for its “duplicity”, referring to supporting the Bill in the Lok Sabha and then stalling it in the Rajya Sabha.
Earlier on Wednesday, Prasad introduced the contentious bill criminalising Triple Talaq in the Rajya Sabha amidst massive uproar as the opposition demanded that the bill be sent to a Parliamentary Standing Committee.
The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, which makes instant triple illegal with up to three years in jail for the husband was tabled at around 3.15 pm by the Union Minister as a heated debated ensued between the opposition and ruling BJP.
The bill was earlier scheduled to be tabled on Tuesday but was delayed to Wednesday as the Centre tried hard to build a consensus to ensure its smooth passage in the upper house where it does not enjoy brute majority.
The opposition parties including the Congress, Left, AIADMK and the DMK are in favour of sending the bill to the Standing Committee but the government rejected the demand.
The amendments to the bill moved by the opposition too were rejected.
But the biggest bone of contention between the BJP and the opposition is the on the three-year jail term clause for the erring husband. The opposition has said that the clause can be misused by women to harass their husbands.