Centre likely to move triple talaq bill in Rajya Sabha Tuesday, BJP issues whip to its MPs

New Delhi: The Central government is likely to move the triple talaq Bill in the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday.

The BJP has issued a three-line whip to its Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha MPs to be present in both the Houses on Tuesday and support the Bills introduced by the government.

The Lok Sabha had on 25 July passed the contentious Bill to criminalise triple talaq amidst a walkout by Opposition members, who accused the government of singling out a community.

The Bill was passed with 302 votes in favour and 82 against in a division.

Parties such as the Congress, Trinamool Congress and DMK have demanded that it be sent to a parliamentary committee for scrutiny. Even Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal United — which is a part of the ruling National Democratic Alliance — has expressed its opposition to the legislation.

The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2019, seeks to criminalise the act of instant divorce among Muslims with a three-year jail sentence for men who practice triple talaq, which has been made illegal by the Supreme Court.

(With Agency Inputs)