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Parliament Session: Union law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad tabled the bill on triple talaq in Lok Sabha

Parliament Session highlights: A fresh bill to ban the practice of instant triple talaq has been introduced in the Lok Sabha on Friday.

By HT Correspondent | Jun 21, 2019 21:49 IST
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Modi government introduced a fresh bill to ban the practice of instant triple talaq in the Lok Sabha on Friday. The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2019, will replace an ordinance issued in February by the previous BJP-led NDA government.

The previous bill lapsed with the dissolution of the 16th Lok Sabha last month.

The Bill, which proposes to make the practice of instant triple talaq (talaq-e-biddat) a penal offence, had faced objections from the opposition parties which claimed that jail term for a man for divorcing his wife was legally untenable.

Under the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Ordinance, 2019, divorcing through instant triple talaq is illegal, void and will attract a jail term of three years for the husband.

The government has included certain safeguards in it such as adding a provision for bail for the accused during trial so that the proposed law could not be misused.

Highlights:

02:15 pm IST

Venkaiah Naidu: Take care of the Bihar thing

Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu asked the Secretary General to “take care of the Bihar thing” and bring an appropriate resolution. After making a reference to June 21 being celebrated as International Day of Yoga, he said that a number of children had died in Bihar and the House condoles their death, reports news agency PTI.

02:21 pm IST

Opposition demanded govt’s urgent intervention on the issue of encephalitis deaths

The death of more than 130 children in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur district due to encephalitis figured in the Rajya Sabha on Friday, with opposition parties opposition that the government make an urgent intervention and pay compensation to families, reports news agency PTI.

02:08 pm IST

Voting on triple talaq was held through paper slips

Voting for introduction of triple talaq bill in Lok Sabha today was held through paper slips as the new MPs have not yet been allotted division number that allows them to vote using polling machine.

02:05 pm IST

Congress’ anti-women position in LS is deeply regrettable: Ravi Shankar Prasad

Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad: A woman leader like Sonia Gandhi ji is the leader of Congress party, yet Congress party takes an anti-women position in the Lok Sabha, opposing even the introduction of the Bill, I must say it is not only painful but deeply regrettable, reports news agency ANI.

 

12:50 pm IST

Law is to give justice to the victims of triple talaq

Union Law & Justice Minister & BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad after Triple Talaq Bill 2019 introduced in Lok Sabha: People have chosen us to make laws. It is our work to make laws. Law is to give justice to the victims of triple talaq, reports news agency ANI.

 

12:48 pm IST

Ravi Shankar Prasad: This issue is not related to religion, prayer, class

This issue is not related to religion or prayer or class but of justice for women, of a woman’s dignity: Ravi Shankar Prasad amid ruckus in the Lok Sabha over the triple talaq bill.

12:45 pm IST

Ravi Shankar Prasad: Rights of Muslim women will be protected

Ravi Shankar Prasad after Triple Talaq Bill 2019 introduced in Lok Sabha: Rights of Muslim women will be protected. It is about justice & empowerment of women, reports news agency ANI.

12:43 pm IST

Ravi Shankar Prasad: Interpretation of law should be left to the courts

Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad says, “It is the work of Parliament to enact a law. The interpretation of the law should be left to the courts.”

12:42 pm IST

Asaduddin Owaisi opposes the triple talaq bill

AIMIM MP Asaduddin Owaisi claimed that the controversial Triple Talaq Bill is unconstitutional, saying it would be a great injustice against Muslim women if the Bill became law.

“Triple Talaq Bill is unconstitutional. It is a violation of the Constitution’s Article 14 and 15. We already have the Domestic Violence Act 2005, CrPC Section 125, Muslim Women Marriage Act. If Triple Talaq Bill becomes a law it will be even greater injustice against women,” the AIMIM lawmaker said.

12:35 pm IST

Shashi Tharoor opposes the introduction of triple talaq bill

Soon after the minister tabled the bill, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor, stood up to speak on the issue and listed the reasons for his opposition to the bill.

12:31 pm IST

Ravi Shankar Prasad tabled the bill on triple talaq

Union law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad moves the bill on triple talaq in Lok Sabha amid ruckus in the House.

12:27 pm IST

Smriti Irani: Country dedicated to eradicate malnutrition

Smriti Irani says, “Malnutrition is a challenge for the country. Whenever there is increase in malnourished children, aganwadi services are pushed to raise nutrition exercises.”

12:12 pm IST

‘Hope the triple talaq bill gets passed in Parliament today’: Swati Maliwal

Swati Maliwal, chairperson of Delhi Commission for Women, tweets about the triple talaq bill, expressing the hope that the bill gets passed in parliament.

12:07 pm IST

AIADMK member raises Tamil Nadu water crisis issue in RS

Speaking on the issue of water crisis in Tamil Nadu, AIADMK’s Rajya Sabha MP Vijila Sathyananth, said, “Tamil Nadu is a water deficit state.The only major river system in the state is Cauvery river system. Only solution is that Centre should take complete authority of management of water of Cauvery. The release of water should be immediate.”

12 noon IST

AAP’s Sanjay Singh gives zero hour notice in RS over crime in Delhi

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) lawmaker Sanjay Singh, on Friday gave a zero hour notice in Rajya Sabha over increasing crime rates in Delhi. :ANI

This is the second time, in a span of a few months that the AAP leader has given a zero hour notice in the Upper House.

11:43 am IST

Prakash Javadekar on fake news

Minister of Information & Broadcasting, Prakash Javadekar on Congress MP Gaurva Gogoi’s question on fake news, in Lok Sabha: Fake news & information published with malicious intent (on social media) are important subjects and there should be a discussion on them in the House, reports news agency ANI.

 

11:36 am IST

PM Modi to attend a series of meetings in Parliament

After celebrating International Yoga Day in Ranchi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has returned to Delhi. PM Modi is headed to the Parliament where he will be attending a series of meetings.

11:16 am IST

What is ‘Calling Attention’ motion?

‘Calling Attention’ is a process of asking a question for answer with supplementaries and short comments in which different points of view are expressed concisely and precisely, and the government has adequate opportunity to state its case. It gives members an opportunity to bring to the surface the failure or inadequate action of government on a matter of urgent public importance.

11:04 am IST

RJD seeks Calling Attention motion in Rajya Sabha over Encephalitis deaths

RJD Rajya Sabha MP, Manoj Jha has given calling attention notice in Rajya Sabha for 24 June over the issue of deaths due to Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) in Muzzafarpur, Bihar, reports news agency ANI.

 

10:55 am IST

Government include safeguards

Seeking to allay fears that the proposed law could be misused, the government has included certain safeguards in it such as adding a provision for bail for the accused during trial, reports news agency PTI.

10:53 am IST

Govt had promulgated the ordinance on triple talaq twice

The government had promulgated the ordinance on triple talaq twice- in September 2018 and in February 2019 - as the contentious bill remained pending in the Rajya Sabha, though it was passed by the Lok Sabha.

10:44 am IST

President Kovind on Triple Talaq

President Kovind says,“To secure equal rights for every sister and daughter in the country, eradication of social evils like ‘Triple Talaq’ and ‘Nikah-Halala’ is imperative. I would urge all the members to cooperate in these efforts to make the lives of our sisters and daughters better and dignified.”

10:42 am IST

The bill to be tabled in Lok Sabha on Friday

The bill to ban the intstant Triple Talaq will be introduced in the Lok Sabha on Friday. The president Ram Nath Kovind in his address to joint sitting of the Parliament on Thursday also stressed on the need to ban the instant Triple Talaq.