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Triple Talaq Bill LIVE: Archaic Practice Finally Confined to Dustbin of History, Tweets Elated Modi

News18.com | July 30, 2019, 8:08 PM IST
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Triple Talaq Bill LIVE: Minutes after Rajya Sabha approved the bill that makes instant triple talaq a criminal offence, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, saying that an archaic and medieval practice has finally been confined to the dustbin of history. He added that India is rejoicing today.

The contentious bill that provides for a jail term to a Muslim man for the crime, was moved for passage in the Upper House earlier on Tuesday, with the Congress opposing the criminal angle in it and the NDA ally JD(U) staging a walkout. Moving the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2019 in the Upper House, Law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said the proposed legislation should be not seen through a political prism or vote bank politics, as it aims at ensuring gender dignity, justice and equality. He later attacked the Congress over its opposition on the Bill and said that he's a "Modi minister and not Rajiv Gandhi's leader, who'll leave Muslim women on the roads".
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Jul 30, 2019 8:08 pm (IST)

Sharad Pawar Evades Question About Being Absent in Lok Sabha | Nationalist Congress Party president Sharad Pawar evades question when asked about him being absent in Rajya Sabha today during voting for Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2019.

Jul 30, 2019 7:43 pm (IST)

Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, "A historic day when the Rajya Sabha passed the Triple Talaq Bill, earlier passed by Lok Sabha. Government of PM Narendra Modi has fulfilled its commitment by giving justice to Muslim women."

Jul 30, 2019 7:35 pm (IST)

SP, TRS and BSP's Absence Helped NDA | Rajya Sabha rejected an opposition sponsored motion to send the bill to a Rajya Sabha Select Committee with 100 votes against it as compared to 84 in favour. While BJD supported the legislation, JD-U and AIADMK walked out, lowering the majority mark which normally stands at 121. The ruling NDA has 107 members in the 242-member Rajya Sabha. The NDA was also helped by the absence of some members of SP and BSP as well as those of Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) and YSR-Congress.

Jul 30, 2019 7:32 pm (IST)

UP CM Yogi Adityanath said, “Unfortunately people who used to speak for women empowerment opposed Bill in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, a Bill which is a symbol of women dignity. Congress and their allies, SP and BSP in state, have been exposed.”

Jul 30, 2019 7:29 pm (IST)

Union Minister Amit Shah said, "I congratulate PM Narendra Modi for fulfilling his commitment and ensuring a law to ban Triple Talaq, which will free Muslim women from the curse of this regressive practice."

Jul 30, 2019 7:25 pm (IST)

'Archaic Practice Confined to the Dustbin of History' | Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, “An archaic and medieval practice has finally been confined to the dustbin of history!”

Jul 30, 2019 7:14 pm (IST)

'This is the Beginning of a Transforming India' | Ravi Shankar Prasad said, “Today is a historic day. Both the Houses have given justice to the Muslim women. This is the beginning of a transforming India.”

Jul 30, 2019 7:11 pm (IST)

On the Triple Talaq Bill getting passed Congress leader Raj Babbar said, “A civil law has been made a criminal law. It's a historic mistake.”

Jul 30, 2019 6:55 pm (IST)

From now on the practice of instant divorce by Muslim men will be punishable by jail term of up to three years. Replying to a four-and-half-hour debate on the Bill, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad cited jail provisions in the legislation that ban dowry and multiple marriages by Hindu men to justify the three-year jail term for Muslim men practices triple talaq.

Jul 30, 2019 6:52 pm (IST)

BJD Supported the Bill, JD(U), AIADMK Walked Out | Parliament approved the bill that makes instant triple talaq a criminal offence, after the contentious legislation was passed by Rajya Sabha following non-aligned BJD extending support and NDA constituents JD-U and AIADMK walking out.

Jul 30, 2019 6:42 pm (IST)

Triple Talaq Bill Passed  | With 99 Ayes and 84 Nos, Triple Talaq Bill has been passed in the Rajya Sabha. Making instant triple talaq a criminal offence, the contentious bill was passed in Rajya Sabha on Tuesday after initial roadblock. The bill follows a Supreme Court verdict of 2017 declaring instant triple talaq as unconstitutional. Read full report here

Jul 30, 2019 6:29 pm (IST)

BSP, TRS and TDP MPs Missing from Rajya Sabha | BSP, TRS and TDP missing from the voting to the Triple Talaq Bill in the Rajya Sabha.

Jul 30, 2019 6:19 pm (IST)

Opposition's Motion to Send Triple Talaq Bill to Select Committee Rejected | Disposal of reference of amendment of the Triple Talaq Bill to the select committee has been rejected with 84 'Ayes' and 100 'Noes'.

Jul 30, 2019 6:13 pm (IST)
 

Voting on Triple Talaq Bill Underway in Rajya Sabha | Voting on Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2019 underway in Rajya Sabha.

Jul 30, 2019 6:10 pm (IST)

Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad also said, “In 1986 you rose to 400, Shah Bano's case happened in 1986 and you never received a majority after that. I am giving you a food for thought.”

Jul 30, 2019 6:02 pm (IST)

'Ater 1986, You didn't Get Majority in 9 Lok Sabha Elections, Why' | Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad addressing to Ghulam Nabi Azad said, “You spoke a lot today. You won 400 seats in 1986. There have been 9 Lok Sabha elections after that, you did not get majority in any of them. Think why did that happen?" He added that Congress have 44 MPs in 2014, and now the Congress have 52.

Jul 30, 2019 5:49 pm (IST)

'People of India Willing to Support Positive Change' | Ravi Shankar Prasad speaking in the Rajya Sabha on the Triple Talaq Bill said, “If god has made triple talaq a sin, then why are we discussing this for four hours.” He added that the people of India are willing to support positive change, if the intentions are clear.

Jul 30, 2019 5:29 pm (IST)

The strength of the Rajya Sabha is 241, which went down to 213 after Janata Dal United and the AIADMK walked out by the house. The new majority mark is 107. The NDA has 107 MPs in the Rajya Sabha, which makes a smooth passage for the bill.

Jul 30, 2019 5:15 pm (IST)

Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi speaks on the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill in Rajya Sabha. 

Jul 30, 2019 5:07 pm (IST)

Ravi Shankar Prasad speaks on the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill in Rajya Sabha. 

Jul 30, 2019 4:39 pm (IST)

'Opposed to the Criminal Angle in the Bill' | Congress member Amee Yajnik said during the debate, "I am not against the bill. I am for women empowerment". She added that she is opposed to the criminal angle in the bill. She noted that through this bill, the government thrust the women into a criminal magisterial court to take up a family matter.  She questioned the government for bringing a law after the Supreme Court verdict on the same saying it is "illegal to do".  

Jul 30, 2019 4:20 pm (IST)

More than 20 Islamic Countries have Regulated Triple Talaq | Urging members to approve the bill, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said that the practice of triple talaq is continuing despite the Supreme Court banning the same through its judgement. Ravi Shankar Prasad added that more than 20 Islamic countries have regulated triple talaq in various forms. "India is a secular country, but unfortunately for one reason or the other it could not happen," he said.

Jul 30, 2019 4:15 pm (IST)

'Should Not be Seen Through Political Prism or Vote Bank Politics' | Law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad moving the Triple Talaq Bill said, “The proposed legislation should be not seen through a political prism or vote bank politics, as it aims at ensuring gender dignity, justice and equality. He added that it is for ensuring justice to women, dignity and empowerment to women and to ensure gender dignity and equality.

Jul 30, 2019 4:01 pm (IST)

Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad speaking on the Triple Talaq Bill said, “When they (the accused) will come out of jail they will either commit suicide or become dacoits and thieves, that is the intention of your bill.”

Jul 30, 2019 3:32 pm (IST)

Congress MP Ghulam Nabi Azad demands that the bill banning Triple Talaq be scrutinised by a select committee. "This law does not really protect women," he says.

Jul 30, 2019 3:29 pm (IST)

'Just Greed For Power' | "When the Supreme Court has said that it is nullified, then why are you saying that this valid," Congress's Ghulam Nabi Azad says and adds, "Those who are enthusiastic about this law, try to be with your partner after one of you has been sent to jail for a period of three years. This law is just greed for power."

Jul 30, 2019 3:19 pm (IST)

Congress leader of opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad says that the real motive of the bill banning the practice of instant divorce is to destroy the bill. "It is about tearing apart the family."

Jul 30, 2019 3:15 pm (IST)

YSRCP has opposed the bill. Among the contentions raised by the YSR Congress Party's Vijaysai Reddy is that it should not be criminalised. The party will be voting against the bill. 

Jul 30, 2019 3:01 pm (IST)

Bill to Put Muslim Men Behind Bars | DMK's Tiruchi Siva also expresses his opposition to the bill. "This bill says that it is for the Protection of Rights of Muslim Women's Marriage. It is not so. It is actually to put Muslim men behind bars." Siva asks what the reason is behind the criminalisation of the practice. 

Jul 30, 2019 2:58 pm (IST)

Rashtriya Janata Dal's Manoj Kumar also opposes the bill saying that the government is yet to make a law on mob lynching but doesn't hesitate from enacting a ban on Triple Talaq. 

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"This issue should not be seen through a political prism or votebank politics. This is a question of humanity. This is for ensuring justice to women, dignity and empowerment to women and to ensure gender dignity and equality," he said. He said more than 20 Islamic countries have regulated triple talaq in various forms. "India is a secular country, but unfortunately for one reason or the other it could not happen," he said.

Urging members to approve the bill, Prasad said the practice of triple talaq is continuing despite the Supreme Court banning the same through its judgement. The government had thought that this illegal practice would stop after the apex court judgement banning instant triple talaq but it did not, he said.

As many as 574 cases of the illegal practice were reported after the SC judgement and 101 cases have come to light after the last ordinance issued by the government criminalising the practice, he said. The minister further said there are reports of Muslim men giving triple talaq to their wife for serving burnt 'roti', for asking money to buy vegetables and for opposing an obscene video made by husband.

"There is a Supreme Court judgement but it is not been implemented. Therefore we have brought the law. Because law is a deterrence," Prasad said. Clearing misgivings of some members about the bill, the Minister said there is a provision that the wife can file FIR or a relation by blood or marriage and a magistrate can give bail to the husband upon hearing the wife.

The Bill was passed by Lok Sabha last week. Once passed in the Rajya Sabha and granted assent by the President, the bill will replace an ordinance promulgated last on February 21. The ordinance and the triple talaq bill follow a Supreme Court verdict of 2017 declaring instant triple talaq as unconstitutional.

Before the bill was tabled, Congress' T Subbarami Reddy, CPI member Binoy Viswam and Elamaram Kareem and K K Ragesh from the CPI-M moved a statutory resolution disapproving the February 21 ordinance on triple talaq. Participating in the debate, Congress member Amee Yajnik opposed the the criminal angle in the bill. She noted that through this bill, the government thrust the women into a criminal magisterial court to take up a family matter.

"I am not against the bill. I am for women empowerment," she said and questioned the government for bringing a law after the Supreme Court verdict on the same saying it is "illegal to do". Yajnik said she supports the bill but for the criminalisation angle. She also voiced concern over desertion faced by women belonging to other communities.

Cases of women being deserted are seen across communities and not in the Muslim community alone, she said. Bashistha Narain Singh (JD-U) said some social evils are deep rooted and it takes time to uproot them. "We come here to oppose as well as speak in a favour (of the bill or any subject). But the best part of democracy is that people agree to disagree. Today I disagree (on triple talaq) and tomorrow I may agree...," Singh said while staging a walkout.

Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi (BJP) said the law has been brought to implement the SC verdict more effectively while highlighting steps taken by the Modi government in empowering women. He sought to know why the Congress' position on the bill changed after it was moved in the Rajya Sabha. "Last time in the Lok Sabha, the Congress supported. The Congress changed its stand when the bill reached the Rajya Sabha. There is time to support the bill. They can think over it," he said.

The BJP leader said the bill has been brought after incorporating all objections raised by the Opposition. "If we commit a mistake today, a generation has to pay for it. This law must be passed by Parliament," he added. Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu has allotted four hours for discussing the legislation.
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