No smooth sailing likely for triple talaq bill in Rajya Sabha

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No smooth sailing likely for triple talaq bill in Rajya Sabha

"While there was no denying that the rights of Muslim women need to be protected, the Bill had been drafted without understanding the ground realities", he said.

Originally called the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill 2017, criminalizes pronouncement of "talaq" by a person by 'words, either spoken or written or in electronic form or in any other manner whatsoever, shall be void and illegal.' It also provides for imprisonment for a term, which may extend to three years, and a fine, for violators.

The government lacks a majority in the upper house and is making efforts for the bill's smooth passage by reaching out to some opposition parties. Vijay Goel acknowledging women near his residence and said women are happy with the decision and he doesn't think that anyone would oppose the bill in Rajya Sabha.

The Congress and some other parties demanded in the Lok Sabha that the bill should be sent to the Standing Committee but the government rejected the demand.

Opposition parties such as the Congress, DMK, Left and Trinamool Congress will go into a huddle on Tuesday to decide their stand in the Rajya Sabha on the bill to criminalise the practice of instant triple talaq.

While BJP is using the bill to send across a message to Muslim women that it was supporting them and does not want to delay the legislation, its political opponents make the point that it was actually trying to polarise voters.

The AIMIM chief said, "The Prime Minister's agenda is to remove all Muslim Personal Law". The party has also cited a reply by the law and justice ministry to a starred question that Muslim community leaders and various bodies were not consulted before the bill was introduced in the House.

The head of the Imarat-e-Sharia Maulana Anisurrahaman Qasmi echoed the sentiment saying any interference in the Shariat Law regarding "Triple Talaq" would not be tolerated as this was a ploy by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government to fill the jails with Muslims. The amendments to the bill moved by the opposition too were rejected.

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