Rajya Sabha passes the 'triple talaq’ bill
Rajya Sabha on Tuesday passed The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2019. The Bill criminalises instant triple talaq and seeks up to three years in jail for guilty. The Rajya Sabha passed the Triple Talaq Bill with 99 'Ayes' and 84 'Noes' after rejecting the motion to send the bill to a select committee by 100 'No' and 84 'Yes' votes.
The Opposition members were against the provision of criminalising instant Triple Talaq. Notably, NDA allies JD(U) and AIADMK walked out of the House during voting."Triple Talaq Bill is not about politics but the empowerment of women. This is a matter of gender justice, dignity and equality," Law & Justice Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said.
On 8 December 2016, the Allahabad High Court observed in a ruling that the practice of instant triple talaq was unconstitutional and violated the rights of Muslim women. The Lok Sabha on 24 July passed the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment Act Bill. The Aadhaar and Other Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2019, was passed by a voice vote in the Rajya Sabha on 8 July. This comes days after the Lok Sabha cleared the Bill on 25 July.
Nearly 20 opposition MPs, including five each from the Congress and the Samajwadi Party, were not present in Rajya Sabha during voting on the contentious Triple Talaq Bill. YSRCP MP’s voted against the bill while TDP and TRS stayed out of the voting.
Home Minister Amit Shah said, “Today is a great day for India’s democracy. I congratulate PM for fulfilling his commitment and ensuring a law to ban Triple Talaq, which will free Muslim women from the curse of this regressive practice. I thank all parties who supported this historic bill."