Opposition pushes to send Triple Talaq to select committee

Triple talaq bill to be tabled in Rajya Sabha today, government, opposition face-off likely

Hundreds of Muslim women will assemble at the residence of Minister of State (MoS) Vijay Goel on Sunday to thank Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the triple talaq bill. The perception is that the women are for this bill while the Muslim men are opposed to it.

On August 22 previous year, the Supreme Court banned the practice of instant triple talaq, (the practice under which a Muslim man can divorce his wife by simply uttering the word "talaq" three times) calling it unconstitutional. "The party has to clarify", said Kumar.

Meanwhile, opposition parties including Congress met on Tuesday to discuss the strategy to be adopted on the Bill when it is taken up in the Upper House.

The Govt. of Centre termed the decision in favor of to pass Bill on triple talaq as "historic" and expressed assurance that it would be also passed in Rajya Sabha.

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On Tuesday, before the bill was tabled in the Rajya Sabha, the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK), the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) and others have noted their reservations over the bill and wanted it to be referred to a select panel of parliamentarians.

The bill was passed after the House rejected a series of amendments moved by various opposition members.

This Bill, if acts out, will make triple talaq a criminal offense which proposes a three-year imprison for a Muslim man who divorces his spouse in any form of spoken, written or by electronic means such as email, SMS, and WhatsApp. "We will take a collective decision after talking to other political parties", said a senior leader of the Congress party. Any Muslim woman subjected to instant talaq can approach a Court of Magistrate and seek redressal.

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