Triple Talaq bill: Congress issues whip to party MPs over presence in Lok Sabha

New Delhi | The Congress party on Thursday issued a whip to its Lok Sabha MPs for their presence in the lower house today when the Triple Talaq bill will be introduced and likely to be put forward to vote.

Speaking on the bill, Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge said,” We will take part in the discussion and keep forward our opinion. We will appeal to the govt that it should not interfere in a religious matter.”

A fresh Bill to make the practice of triple talaq among Muslims a penal offence was introduced in the Lok Sabha on December 17 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.

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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