Stalled in RS, Triple Talaq Bill now pushed to Budget Session

With the triple talaq bill failing to get through Rajya Sabha on the last day of the Winter Session of Parliament on Friday, the Narendra Modi government has now made a decision to bring it during the Budget Session which will commence from January 29.

Government sources ruled out any possibility of an ordinance on the bill, stuck in the Rajya Sabha, reports IANS.

The Government rejected the Opposition's demand that before any other Legislative business, the House first take up an amendment for referring the Bill to a Select Committee.

Mr Kumar said that Congress president Rahul Gandhi talks about woman empowerment but "runs away" when it comes to acting on it. The legislation proposes to criminalise instant triple talaq and suggests up to three years in jail as punishment for a Muslim husband who divorces his wife by uttering "talaq" thrice. The Bill has now been pushed to the Budget Session that begins on Jan.29.

"We hope the Congress will understand the public opinion on the issue, reconsider their stand and pass it in the budget session".

The minister slammed the Congress for stalling the bill.

The minister said it was a "shame" for the Congress that it was trying to "obstruct this part of justice" for Indian Muslim women. However, the government is "committed to passing the law and empower our Muslim sisters", said the parliamentary affairs minister.

"The intention of the (Narendra) Modi government is clear". Senior Congress leader Anand Sharma moved a notice stating that the triple talaq bill is referred to a Select Committee of Rajya Sabha.

"Total productivity in Lok Sabha was 91 per cent, more than any other winter session, while 56.29 per cent in the Rajya Sabha".

The BJP MPs have been repeatedly saying that any issue that needs to be raised on the bill should be spoken on the floor of the House and discussed in the presence of the entire Rajya Sabha, she claimed.

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