NEW DELHI: In a predominant success for theModi executive, Parliament on Tuesday permitted a bill that makes quick triple talaq among Muslims a prison offence after the contentious legislation was once passed byRajya Sabhafollowing make stronger from BJD and walkout by NDA allies JD(U) and AIADMK.
Lok Sabhahad passed the Bill final week and once granted assent by the President, the apply of Muslim men straight away divorcing their higher halves by uttering ‘talaq’ thrice will change into a prison offence, punishable by jail timeframe of up to 3 years.
Here’s how the landmark bill presented by Modi executive cleared the Rajya Sabha hurdle:
The bill was once passed with 99 contributors supporting the legislation and 84 contributors voting against it within the last division of votes. The Rajya Sabha had earlier rejected an opposition-sponsored circulate to ship the bill to a Rajya Sabha Steal Committee with 100 votes against it as in comparison with 84 in favour.
The ruling NDA has 107 contributors within the 242-member Rajya Sabha, which is short of the majority mark. Nonetheless, walkout by allies and several other parties abstaining from voting helped be definite nonetheless passage of the bill.
The identical approach had helped the manager push in the course of the contentious amendment to the Correct To Files (RTI) Act final week despite missing numbers within the Higher House.
Whereas the non-aligned BJD supported the legislation, BJP allies JD(U) and AIADMK staged a fade out, reducing the majority mark which in general stands at 121. JD(U) and AIADMK hold 11 and 6 contributors respectively.
The NDA was once moreover bolstered by absentees within the opposition ranks.
Almost 20 opposition MPs, alongside with five each from the Congress and the Samajwadi Celebration, weren’t account for in Rajya Sabha at some level of voting on the contentioustriple talaq bill, sources said.
The Congress MPs within the higher dwelling might possibly perhaps now hold to present a proof to the event as it had issued a whip to be definite the presence of all its contributors at some level of voting on the bill.
Sources said that the opposition might possibly perhaps hold managed to internet the nod to ship the bill to a capture out committee of the dwelling if its MPs had been account for within the House.
The five Congress MPs who had been absent are Vivek Tankha, Pratap Singh Bajwa, Mukut Mithi and Ranjib Biswal, moreover Sanjay Sinh, who earlier within the day resigned from the event.
Moreover, Congress and SP contributors who had been absent, senior NCP leaders Sharad Pawar and Praful Patel and one member each of Trinamool Congress, DMK, IUML and Kerala Congress had been moreover missing at some level of voting within the dwelling.
Another prominent member who was once no longer account for at some level of the voting was once KTS Tulsi, who is a nominated member but was once against the bill.
Earlier, replying to a four-and-half of-hour debate on the bill, legislation minister Ravi Shankar Prasad had cited jail provisions within the legislations that ban dowry and quite a lot of marriages by Hindu men to account for the three-year jail timeframe for Muslim men practices triple talaq.
Hailing the passage of the triple talaq bill by Parliament, Top Minister Narendra Modi said that a historic monstrous accomplished to Muslim females has been corrected and an “feeble and medieval apply” confined to the dustbin of historic past.
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Home ministerAmit Shahsaid the legislation will free Muslim females from the “curse of this regressive apply”. He moreover described the passage of the bill by the Rajya Sabha as a sizable day for India’s democracy.
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In the intervening time, the Congress said there was once no have to criminalise the apply, which had already been struck down by the Supreme Court.
“We had basically supported this bill. We moreover wished amendment for the provision of make stronger to Muslim females. Our opposition was once on two-three factors. The Supreme Court had struck down triple talaq, you had moreover struck down down triple talaq through legislation, then what’s the have to criminalise an imaginary thing,” senior Congress chief Abhishek Manu Singhvi said.