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Amid uproar over Triple Talaq Bill, Rajya Sabha gets adjourned till January 2

New Delhi | The Rajya Sabha on Monday got adjourned till January 2nd after the opposition registered their protest demanding that the triple talaq bill should be sent to a select committee for further scrutiny, even as the government accused them of doing politics on the issue.

The Triple Talaq Bill was supposed to be introduced in the upper house of Indian Parliament and put to vote after it got passed in the Lok Sabha on December 27. Demanding the bill to be sent to the select committee, Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said, “This is such an important bill which can positively or negatively affect the lives of crores of people can’t be passed just like this without going to a select committee.”

A fresh Bill to make the practice of triple talaq among Muslims a penal offence was passed in the Lok Sabha on December 27 to replace an ordinance issued in September. Under the proposed law, giving instant triple talaq will be illegal and void and will attract a jail term of three years for the husband. The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2018 would supersede an earlier Bill passed in the Lok Sabha and pending in the Rajya Sabha.

An earlier bill was approved by the Lower House. But amid opposition by some parties in the Upper House, the government had cleared some amendments, including the introduction of a provision of bail, to make it more palatable. But as the Bill continued to face resistance in the Rajya Sabha, the government issued an ordinance in September, incorporating amendments.

In a landmark 3-2 verdict in August last year, the Supreme Court found the practice of “triple talaq” un-Islamic and “arbitrary”, and disagreed that it was an integral part of religious practices.

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