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

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’.

Speaking in the upper house of the parliament, Union Minister said, this issue should be seen with vote bank politics or not even with a political vision. ‘This is a issue of humanity and it is about the issue of the dignity of women and their rights’, Prasad said while introducing the bill in Rajya Sabha, where the BJP does not have a majority.

Further speaking on the bill and the need of the bill, Union Minister said that many Islamic countries have already passed legislation banning the practice, but India as a secular nation has yet not banned the Triple Talaq, said Minister while adding that ‘Today is a historic Day’.

Presenting the figures in front of the house, Union Minister said, after the top court ruled the practice as ‘illegal’, a total 574 cases have come to the forefront while over 100 have been reported since the government brought in the ordinance.

While early in the day, Mamata Banerjee‘s Trinamool Congress (TMC) and Indian National Congress issued a three-line whip to all its Rajya Sabha MPs directing them to present in the House.

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’.

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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