Triple talaq bill likely to be tabled in Rajya Sabha tomorrow

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However, with the numbers not favouring the government in the Rajya Sabha, it would be hard to "bulldoze" the Bill through as was done last Thursday in the Lok Sabha.

The government wants the bill to be discussed in the Upper House tomorrow, so that parties opposing it are exposed.

How could a bill touted to empower Muslim women by banning triple talaq proved to be harmful for its beneficiaries? In fact, it is learnt that the opposition parties are exploring the idea of moving a "motion of amendment under Rule 125", jointly to make amendments to the present bill to protect the rights of the Muslim women.

The Bill which also aims at awarding a three-year jail term to husbands practising triple talaq was earlier cleared by the Lok Sabha.

"We are in talks with the Congress party and others for the triple talaq bill".

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While it had pointed to lacunae in the bill, demanded some of its "draconian" measures be amended and that it be sent to a standing committee of Parliament, the Congress had supported the bill in the Lok Sabha, as had the Left parties and Trinamool Congress.

The fate of the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, which criminalises instant triple talaq, hung in the balance Tuesday with a cross-section of Opposition parties, fence-sitters and NDA constituent TDP demanding it be referred to a select committee of Rajya Sabha for scrutiny and wider consultation.

It also wants some other changes in the bill, stating today that it would prefer a review of the proposed legislation by a parliamentary panel. The next step is to get the bill passed in the Rajya Sabha. "We have told Congress that since they have not pressed for any amendments in the Lok Sabha, they should do the same in the Rajya Sabha", Kumar said.

The sources said the ministers were learnt to have told the opposition members that the bill cannot be sent to a select committee on the basis of views expressed in the BAC and if they want to do so, they can defeat it on the floor of the House.

It would be tough for the government in the Upper House to pass the bill in its present form as BJP is in minority here.