New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday launched a scathing attack on the Congress and other parties for stalling the triple talaq bill. He said that his government dared to take decisions that others were afraid of taking. Addressing a public gathering in Talcher, PM Modi said, “Three days ago, the Centre took a decision that was needed for decades. When the intentions are clear, then one needs to make decisions that no other can dare to take. One of these decisions was on triple talaq.” Also Read - Responding to PM Modi’s Call, Citizens Light Candles, Show Collective Resolve to Fight COVID-19

The Narendra Modi government on Wednesday cleared an ordinance which makes triple talaq a punishable offence.  PM Modi further said, “When our government made the decision on triple talaq, there was an effort to stall it in the Rajya Sabha. Now, it has been declared illegal.” Also Read - After Urging Nation, PM Modi Lights up Lamp to Ramp up Collective Fight Against COVID-19

The move came after the government failed to pass the Triple Talaq Bill, which was passed by the Lok Sabha, could not be taken up for discussion and passage in the Rajya Sabha during the Monsoon Session and the Budget Session as the Congress-led opposition expressed reservations over the criminal provisions in the draft law. Also Read - 9 Minute, 9 PM: Netizens Light Earthen Lamps, Candles, Burst Crackers, Trend #9baje9minute

Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad had also accused the Congress of stalling the Triple Talaq Bill in the Rajya Sabha for the sake of its “vote bank politics”.

The Bill makes instant “triple talaq” a criminal offence and proposes a three-year jail term for a Muslim man who divorces his wife by uttering the word “talaq” thrice in any form of spoken, written or by electronic means such as email, SMS, and WhatsApp.

The BJP has accused the Congress of stonewalling the passage of the Triple Talaq Bill in the Rajya Sabha which was passed in the Lok Sabha on December 29, 2017. The Bill is yet to be introduced in the upper House of the Parliament. The Congress-led Opposition had demanded that the Bill should be sent to the Select Committee for further scrutiny.

The Supreme Court had in a verdict in August last year declared instant triple talaq illegal and unconstitutional. In a landmark 3-2 verdict, the top court found the practice un-Islamic and “arbitrary”, and disagreed that triple talaq was an integral part of religious practice. However, since the practice was still prevalent, the court had asked the government to bring a law against the practice.

(With agency inputs)