Published: Sun, January 07, 2018
Finance | By Gustavo Carr

Centre blames Congress for stalling triple talaq bill

Centre blames Congress for stalling triple talaq bill

The bill, which seeks to outlaw talaq-e-biddat or instant triple talaq and punish offenders, is held up in Rajya Sabha as the opposition parties has demanded that the bill be referred to a select committee. The bill is still pending in the Upper House and its fate will be decided in the forthcoming budget session beginning January 29.

Union Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office Jitendra Singh said the people of the country were "watching" how the Congress was stalling the bill. We hope the Congress will understand the public opinion on the issue, reconsider their stand and pass it in the Budget Session.

The Centre termed the voting as "historic" and expressed confidence that it would be passed in Rajya Sabha as well.

In light of the ruling alliance lacking a majority in the Rajya Sabha, there are possibilities of the Bill getting stalled, as Congress, the leading opposition party has objected to the imprisonment and maintenance clauses of the Bill, and has pressed for the Bill to be sent to the standing committee or a select committee to remove objectionable clauses.

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"Till the time a woman's husband is in jail who is going to pay for the family maintenance?"

The minister said it was a "shame" for the Congress that it was trying to "obstruct this part of justice" for Indian Muslim women.

The BJP leader's remarks came as the deadlock over the bill in the Rajya Sabha continued on Thursday with the government rejecting the opposition's insistence on sending the bill to the Select Committee for detailed scrutiny. There are also concerns that if the law is passed, it could be misused as it gives anyone the right to complain to the Police about the "triple talaq" to register a case and arrest a man. The Congress hasissued a whip to its 57 MPs in the Rajya Sabha to be present in the Rajya Sabha today, the last day of the winter session of Parliament.

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