New Delhi: The bill to ban instant Triple Talaq is likely to be taken up for deliberation and passage in the Lok Sabha Thursday. The ruling BJP has issued a whip to its MPs, asking them to ensure their presence in the House.
Bill will end up victimising Muslims: Opposition
The opposition is against the bill in its current form, contending that it would end up victimising Muslims. The new law provides for a three-year jail term for Muslim men who get instant divorce by uttering “Talaq” thrice.
The government has asserted that the bill is a step towards gender equality and justice. Parties like the Congress, the TMC and the DMK have demanded that it should be sent to a parliamentary committee for scrutiny.
Roadblocks are expected in Rajya Sabha
While the bill is expected to have a smooth passage through Lok Sabha, roadblocks are expected in the upper house. A chunk of parties, including Naveen Patnaik’s Biju Janata Dal and Andhra Pradesh’s ruling YSR Congress will object to the bill in the Rajya Sabha. Even ally Nitish Kumar has said his Janata Dal United will oppose it.
The BJP, which returned with a larger majority than in 2014 in the recently concluded national elections, has repeatedly stressed the need to pass the Triple Talaq bill.
Opposition to boycott ongoing parliament session
On Wednesday, the opposition, at a meeting chaired by Congress’s Sonia Gandhi, decided to hold a planned boycott of the ongoing parliament session over the government’s refusal to send some controversial bills for further scrutiny. The list is headed by the bill on Triple Talaq.