Lok Sabha passes Triple Talaq Bill

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New Delhi, Dec 28: Lok Sabha passed Triple Talaq Bill, amid opposition’s demand for changes in some provisions of this bill. 

Proceeding of Rajya Sabha disrupted after the Congress created the ruckus over Union Minister Anant Kumar Hegde remarks on the constitution. While Lok Sabha is functioning smoothly.  

However, both the houses are witnessing an action-packed day because of External Affairs Minister statement on Jadhav Row and crucial Triple Talaq Bill.

Speaking in Rajya Sabha, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said Pakistan used Kulbhushan Jadhav, the former Indian Navy officer who is on death row, meeting with family for propaganda.

Ahead of the session, Union Minister Anant Kumar Hegde apologised for his remark on Constitution. He said ” I deeply respect the Constitution, the Parliament & Baba Saheb Ambedkar. The Constitution is supreme for me, there can be no question on it, as a citizen I can never go against it”.

Here are the updates : 

Lok Sabha : 

NCP leader Supriya Sule said Like SC said dowry law was being misused and instant arrest must not be done, can we be confident that same will not be done in TripleTalaq cases? I think we need to discuss this.

Congress’ Sushmita Dev asked ” Will the govt create a corpus to provide maintenance to divorced women waiting for compensation?

In response to Kharge’s statement, Ravi Shankar Prasad stated I thank Kharge ji for supporting the Govt on Triple Talaq Bill , whatever suggestions they have they should tell us here, if fine we can incorporate them in the law”.

Reacting to this, Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge said ” All of us are supporting this bill, but there are certain lacunae which should and can be rectified in the standing committee,we can sit together and sort out in a time bound manner.

About 100 cases of Triple Talaq have come to light after Supreme Court’s verdict, Prasad told the lower house.

When Islamic countries have regulated provisions of Triple Talaq then why can’t we a secular nation do it? We are not interfering in Shariat, he said.

Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad told LS that this law is for women’s rights and justice, adding not regarding any prayer, ritual or religion.

In the meantime,  Biju Janata Dal (BJD) leader Bhartruhari Mahtab also opposed the bill by calling it flawed.

While speaking at the session IMIM chief Asadudin Owaisi, said this bill violates fundamental rights of Muslim women and lacks legal coherence.

Post this, Triple Talaq Bill was tabled in the lower house.

Thank God they didn’t say that there was a bomb in Jadhav’s wife shoes! If for security reasons she was made to take off shoes, they should have returned them when she was leaving but no, they had to commit some sort of cruelt, Swaraj asserted.

“The meeting was started in absence of the Deputy High Commissioner, if he would have seen how clothes of the family members were changed, he would have registered protest there and then”.

It was specifically agreed upon by both sides that media will not be allowed to come close to the family but Pakistani press not only came close to them but also harassed them & hurled taunts at them, she said.

After Question Hour concluded smoothly, EAM Sushma Swaraj made the statement on Jadhav.

Proceeding began with Question Hour.

Rajya Sabha : 

As proceeding resumed Bill on National Capital Territory of Delhi Laws (Special provisions) Second Amendment Bill 2017 was introduced.

Following the ruckus created by Congress, the proceedings adjourned till 2 pm.

The upper house witnessed commotion over Hegde’ remarks on Constitution.

After this, LOP GN Azad condemned Islamabad’s mistreatment with Jadhav’s family. He said ” Misbehaviour of Pakistan with wife & mother of Kulbhushan Jadhav was misbehaviour with all Indians. Regardless of political differences, when it comes to nation’s dignity & another country misbehaves with our mothers & sisters, it will not be tolerated.

Swaraj’s statement was supported by leaders of all other parties condemned Pakistan for the manner it conducted the meeting.

It was nothing like a humanitarian gesture. Human rights of the family members were violated again and again and an environment of fear was created for them.

Even after her repeated attempts, the shoes of Kulbhushan Jadhav’s wife were not returned. Pakistan says there was a camera or a recorder in the shoes, nothing can be more absurd than this as she traveled in 2 flights with those shoes on. It is an absurdity beyond measure.

EAM asserted Jadhav’s mother who only wears a saree was forced to wear salwar-kurta. Bindi, bangles & mangalsutras of both mother & wife were removed. Both the married women were made to look alike widows.

Not just his wife but bindi and mangalsutra of his mother were also removed, I spoke to her she told me that as soon as she reached Kulbhushan asked her ‘Baba kaise hain?’ because he thought a mishap has taken place when he wasn’t around”.

A meeting of a mother with her son & a wife with her husband was turned into a propaganda tool by Pakistan, Sawraj said.

She told RS about how Pakistan used Jadhav’s meeting with his family as propaganda.

In the upper house, the session started with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj statement on Kulbhushan Jadhav.

With agency’s Inputs 

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