JD-U MPs stage walkout in Rajya Sabha over Triple Talaq Bill; seek ‘awareness’ instead of ‘law’

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Bihar ally, Janata Dal (United) on Tuesday walked out of the Rajya Sabha opposing the Triple Talaq Bill stating that it will create distrust in a particular community.

Speaking in the upper house of the parliament, JD-U MP Bashistha Narain Singh called the triple talaq, a social abuse like child marriage and dowry system.

He asserted that need that the practice needs to be removed with the awareness. ‘Campaign on the issue is the need of the hour as the issue needs awareness, a bill proposed by the Union Government raises many questions, he said while staging a walkout from the Rajya Sabha along with other party parliamentarians.

Earlier in the day, Union Government on Tuesday introduced the Triple Talaq Bill (Muslim Women Protection Bill, 2019) in the Upper House of the Parliament, Rajya Sabha. Introducing the bill in the Rajya Sabha, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad urge members not see the bill with a ‘political prism’.

READ: Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad tables Triple Talaq Bill in Rajya Sabha for discussion

Earlier on July 25, The lower house of the Parliament, Lok Sabha, passed the bill to ban triple talaq, with the Union government pressing the need for the bill as hundreds of cases of instant divorce have come to the fore despite Supreme Court declaring it ‘illegal’.

Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal (United) had earlier staged a walkout in Lok Sabha during the discussion on the Triple Talaq Bill on July 25.

Speaking in the lower house of the parliament, JDU MP Rajiv Ranjan Singh said that the proposed bill will create distrust in a particular community, and his party will not support this bill.

Singh added, ‘Nobody wants to see Husband and wife getting separated but if such situation occurs, it’s up to them to make a decision with mutual consent and trust, you can not make a decision on their behalf by imposing such law’.

The Triple Talaq Bill, Muslim Women Protection Bill, aimed to protect the rights of the married women by prohibiting the practice. The new Bill will deem the practice ‘illegal’, with the husband supposedly facing a prison sentence of three years.

The BJP led government had many amendments to the original Bill after it faced a lot of criticism from opposition parties. It should be noted that the earlier bill doesn’t have the provision of Bail.

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