New Delhi, Jan 11: Having failed to pass the ‘Muslim Women Protection of Rights on Marriage Bill’ which criminalises the practice of instant triple talaq in Rajya Sabha, the government is mulling to take the ordinance route to criminalise it. An ordinance is also a ‘Law’ but without being subject to the discussion and deliberation in both the houses of the Parliament.Also Read - Why Did Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu Get Teary-Eyed In Rajya Sabha?
After being failed to get through the ‘Muslim Women Protection of Rights on Marriage Bill’ in Rajya Sabha, the government is looking at all options to criminalise instant triple talaq. The government may bring an ordinance or convey a joint session of Parliament during the budget session to get the legislation passed without having to go through the Rajya Sabha, a Times of India report said. Also Read - Jagdeep Dhankhar Elected as New Vice President, Congratulatory Messages Pour in | Highlights
The ‘Muslim Women Protection of Rights on Marriage Bill’ was passed by the Lok Sabha in the winter session but is stuck in the Rajya Sabha with opposition parties as well as NDA ally TDP opposing the criminal provisions in the draft law. The Opposition led by the Congress, which supported the bill in Lok Sabha, wanted it to be reviewed by a Parliamentary committee, however, the government had rejected the demand. Also Read - Was Offered Rs 25 Crore For Rajya Sabha Vote, Rs 60 Crore To Revolt Against CM Ashok Gehlot: Rajasthan Minister
The Bill, if enacted, will make triple talaq a criminal offence. It proposes a three-year jail term for a Muslim man who divorces his wife in any form of spoken, written or by electronic means.