New Delhi, Aug 10 : The Modi government on Friday deferred the introduction of the Triple Talaq Bill in the Rajya Sabha till next Parliament session due to massive uproar by the Congress-led opposition parties over Rafale deal .
Vice President Venkaiah Naidu said that the draft law making triple talaq, or instant divorce, a criminal offence is likely to be taken up in the next session of parliament as parties in the Rajya Sabha failed to reach an agreement over it.
The opposition parties sought more time to read the amendments that were introduced yesterday.
As per the government sources ,Modi government is mulling to introduce an ordinance, or emergency executive order to enact the law.
Sonia Gandhi said, “Our party’s position is absolutely clear on this, I will not say anything on this further”.The BJP has directed all its MPs to be present in the Rajya Sabha on Friday.
BJP strategy meeting was held in the morning over Triple Talaq Bill in Parliament which was attended by President Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh , Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and other senior leaders.
The move comes just a day after the cabinet signed off on changes to the triple talaq law, officially called Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill 2017, to dilute two contentious provisions.
The bill must be passed by both the Lok Sabha and th Rajya sabha, ciminalises the practice of divorcing by uttering the word -‘Talaq’ thrice in succession.
The Central government also conceded to one of the main demands of Opposition parties to ringfence the proposed law on instant triple talaq against misuse.
On Thursday, the Cabinet proposed three changes in the Muslim Women Protection of Rights on Marriage Bill, 2017
- Only the victim, a blood relation or relation by marriage are allowed to lodge FIR in the case
- The case can be dropped if husband and wife agree to settle their differences .
- A magistrate can grant bail to men found guilty of giving instant triple talaq to their wives. However, the offence still remains non-bailable.
If the government introduces more amendments in the Rajya Sabha, it will have to go back to the Lower House for approval of the amendments.
The Union Cabinet Thursday approved inclusion of provisions that the complaint in such a case can only be filed by the victim (wife) or blood relations, and that a magistrate can grant bail with terms and conditions.
On December 29, the Lok Sabha passed the bill which seeks to make instant triple talaq a criminal offence, a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government tabled it in the lower house.
The Bill proposes a three-year jail term for a Muslim man who divorces his wife in any form of spoken, written or by electronic means such as email, SMS, and WhatsApp.
Repeated disruptions by Rajya Sabha MPs who sought to attack the Narendra Modi government over the Rafale deal has compelled Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu to adjourn the House till 2.30 pm.
Massive uproar in Rajya Sabha over Rafale deal as the Congress led Opposition parties raised slogans against the Modi government. UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi on Friday, the last day of the Monsoon session of the Parliament, joined the Opposition protests outside Parliament over Rafale deal.
MPOs from different political parties :Congress, CPI, RJD and AAP held protest outside Parliament over Rafale deal issue.
The Congress also boycotted breakfast which was hosted by Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu to felicitate newly elected Deputy Chairman Harivansh.Congress MPs on Thursday demanded a probe by a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) into the purchase.
The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) has demanded a Bharat Ratna for its patriarch M Karunanidhi, who died on Tuesday, calling him an “epoch”.
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Opposition MPs including Congress MPs and AAP MP Sushil Gupta held protest outside Parliament over Rafale deal issue.
Delhi: Congress, CPI, RJD and AAP hold protest outside Parliament over Rafale deal issue pic.twitter.com/hNnnM2ZB0D
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The Congress members yesterday in Lok Sabha asked for a JPC probe in Rafale deal. In the Rajya Sabha, Congress members trooped into the well and created an uproar.
Congress floor leader Mallikarjun Kharge flagged the issue as soon as zero hour got under way. Congress members came to the well waving placards and raising slogans, vociferously seeking a JPC probe and a reply from Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The Speaker adjourned the House for 20 minutes till 1 pm. When the House met afresh, the protests continued and Mahajan adjourned it again, this time till 2 pm.