Shashi Tharoor calls ‘Triple Talaq Bill’ a political game

New Delhi | Former Union Minister and Congress MP Shashi Tharoor on Monday termed the Central government’s fresh ‘Triple Talaq bill’ a political game stating that the Supreme Court has already called it illegal.

Speaking to media after the central government introduced a fresh triple talaq bill in the Lok Sabha, Tharoor said,” The Government is criminalising a civil offence, violating equality clauses and doing it on basis of religion.” He stated that if there is discrimination against women the government should’ve passed it for all women. The Congress further added that Supreme Court has already declared triple talaq illegal. So it isn’t needed,it’s political game.

A fresh Bill to make the practice of triple talaq among Muslims a penal offence was introduced in the Lok Sabha on Monday 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 supercede 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 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.

An ordinance has a life of six months. But from the day a session begins, the ordinance has to be replaced by a bill which should be passed by Parliament within 42 days (six weeks), else it lapses. The government is at liberty to re-promulgate the ordinance if the Bill fails to get through Parliament.



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