The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2019 became the first legislation to be discussed in Parliament by the Narendra Modi dispensation in its second term.
The Bill was introduced following a division of votes, with 186 members supporting and 74 opposing it.
“This is not a question of religion but about justice to women,” Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said.
As soon as Speaker Om Birla asked Mr. Prasad to move the bill, several Opposition members rose in protest and Mr. Birla allowed them to put forth their point of view.
N.K. Premchandran of the RSP also opposed the bill.