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  • 2:35 PM IST
    Triple Talaq Bill Live News:

    Owaisi, AIMIM: Triple Talaq bill is unconstitutional. It’s a violation of Constitution’s Article 14 & 15. We already have Domestic Violence Act 2005, CrPC Section 125, Muslim Women Marriage Act. If Triple Talaq Bill becomes a law it will be even greater injustice against women.

    “If a man gets arrested, how will he give allowance from jail? Govt says if a Muslim man commits this crime the marriage will remain intact&he’ll be jailed for 3 yrs if punished by court. He’ll be jailed for 3 yrs but marriage will be intact! What law is Mr Modi forming?”

    “I would like to ask him what kind of justice is this that if such law is implemented on a non-Muslim man then he goes to jail for 1 year and Muslim man goes to jail for 3 years.”
  • 2:06 PM IST

    Triple Talaq Bill Live News: The house has been adjourned till 2:30 PM.

  • 2:05 PM IST

    Triple Talaq Bill Live News: Ravi Shankar calls out Congress for choosing “an anti-women position” in the Lok Sabha even though it has women leaders like Sonia Gandhi. “A woman leader like Sonia Gandhi ji is the leader of Congress party, yet Congress party takes an anti-women position in the Lok Sabha, opposing even the introduction of the Bill, I must say it is not only painful but deeply regrettable,” Ravi Shankar Prasad says.

  • 2:04 PM IST

    Triple Talaq Bill Live News: Ravi Shankar calls out Congress for choosing “an anti-women position” in the Lok Sabha even though it has women leaders like Sonia Gandhi. “A woman leader like Sonia Gandhi ji is the leader of Congress party, yet Congress party takes an anti-women position in the Lok Sabha, opposing even the introduction of the Bill, I must say it is not only painful but deeply regrettable,” Ravi Shankar Prasad says.

  • 2:00 PM IST

    Triple Talaq Bill Live News: Ravi Shankar Prasad adds, “We have always stated that Triple Talaq is neither an issue of religion nor of prayer nor of any other communal consideration. It is a pure & simple issue of ‘insaaf’ – women justice, women dignity and women empowerment.”

  • 2:00 PM IST
    Triple Talaq Bill Live News: “It was a matter of great distress that Congress chose to oppose the introduction of Triple Talaq Bill. Earlier they had not opposed it, last time they had walked out from Lok Sabha. But today they were siding with the likes of Mr Owaisi who were opposing it,” Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad attacks Congress for opposing the bill.
  • 1:45 PM IST

    Triple Talaq Bill Live News: Voting for the introduction of Triple Talaq Bill 2019 in Lok Sabha today was held through paper slips as the new MPs have not yet been allotted division number that allows them to vote using polling machine.

  • 1:34 PM IST

    Triple Talaq Bill Live News: Preparation in the lower house underway to vote for division on the introduction of the Triple Talaq Bill.

  • 1:33 PM IST
    Triple Talaq Bill Live News: ” Law on Triple Talaq necessary as 229 cases of Triple Talaq have come to light after the Saira Bano judgement,” Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad says.
  • 1:31 PM IST
    Triple Talaq Bill Live News:
    Shashi Tharoor says:

    1. Make a law which universally punishes those who abandon wife and law.
    Why focus only on one community as the SC has already criminalised the act.
    2. Instead of protecting the bill makes the Muslim women vulnerable.

New Delhi: A fresh bill to ban the practice of instant triple talaq was tabled by Union Law and Justice Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad in the Lok Sabha on Friday.

Congress leader Shahi Tharoor opposed the introduction of triple talaq bill in the current state, saying, “it criminalises triple talaq and targets only Muslim men for practice already declared void by Supreme Court.” He added that the “scope of the bill should be extended to women of all communities and religion”.

The bill was also met with resistance from AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi, who said that the new bill won’t empower women. He said that the bill violated Article 14 and 15 of the Constitution, adding, that the government does not care about Muslim women. Owaisi also brought up the Sabarimala issue and questioned the government on the same.

Responding to the opposition, Ravi Shankar Prasad said, “People have chosen us to make laws. It is our work to make laws. Law is to give justice to the victims of Triple Talaq.”

The Union Minister added, “Rights of Muslim women will be protected. It is about justice and empowerment of women.”

The previous bill lapsed with the dissolution of 16th Lok Sabha last month. Bills passed by the Lok Sabha and pending in the Rajya Sabha lapse with the dissolution of the lower house.

The bill, which proposes to make the practice of instant triple talaq (talaq-e-biddat) a penal offence, had faced objections from the opposition parties which claimed that jail term for a man for divorcing his wife was legally untenable.

The government had promulgated the ordinance on triple talaq twice — in September 2018 and in February 2019 — as the contentious bill remained pending in the Rajya Sabha, though it was passed by the Lok Sabha.

Under the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Ordinance, 2019, divorcing through instant triple talaq is illegal, void and will attract a jail term of three years for the husband.

Seeking to allay fears that the proposed law could be misused, the government has included certain safeguards in it such as adding a provision for bail for the accused during trial. These amendments were cleared by the Cabinet on August 29, 2018.

While the ordinance makes it a “non-bailable” offence, an accused can approach a magistrate even before trial to seek bail.

In a non-bailable offence, bail cannot be granted by police at the police station itself. A provision was added to allow the magistrate to grant bail “after hearing the wife”, the government had said.

(With PTI inputs)