Consensus eludes triple talaq Bill; legislation not tabled in RS

BJP has asked all its MPs to be present at the Parliament on Jan 2 and Jan

The government on Tuesday shot down the Opposition's demand that the triple talaq bill be sent to a select committee of the Rajya Sabha, but indicated that it might be open to accepting some of the amendments to the bill suggested by the Opposition.

Most parties are against the provision for jailing offenders - they say they don't want a civil matter to be criminalised.

The Congress had moved amendments to certain provisions of the bill in the Lok Sabha, but did not press for a vote.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar said that the government would like the Congress to maintain the stand it took in the Lok Sabha by not pressing for amendments. The Left parties (CPM and CPI), SP, BSP, NCP, RJD and a host of other parties have issues with the Bill in its present form. The govt is set to put up the bill for consideration in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday.

The Bill on instant triple talaq will likely be sent to a select committee after a discussion in the Rajya Sabha tomorrow.

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What is anti-triple talaq bill?

Recently, the bill was passed without much opposition in the Lok Sabha as the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government enjoys an absolute majority in the Lower House of Parliament.

The Lok Sabha has on thursday passed the controversial bill making instant talaq illegal with up to three years in jail for the husband.

On Tuesday, before the bill was tabled in the Rajya Sabha, the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK), the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) and others have noted their reservations over the bill and wanted it to be referred to a select panel of parliamentarians.

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. "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 told reporters. "There is no question of us not standing by anything that empowers women".

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