Rajya Sabha: Triple Talaq bill deferred till winter session

SansadTV Bureau


The lack of consensus among political parties over the contentious Triple Talaq bill once again deferred the discussion and passage of the bill in the Rajya Sabha on the last day of Monsoon session on Friday.

The Congress-led Opposition has been demanding that the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill 2017 be sent to a Select Committee for further scrutiny.

The BJP-led government, which does not have a majority in the Upper House, had also made efforts to get the bill cleared in the Budget Session also.

Rajya Sabha, on Friday, reconvened at 2:30 pm after two adjournments in the pre-lunch session. RS Chiarman M Venkaiah Nadu made the announcement that he has decided that the bills “on which there is some sort of broad consensus” will be taken up for discussion and passage later in the day.

RS Chairman Naidu also clarified that the Triple Talaq Bill will not be taken up on Friday as a consensus has not yet been evolved on the issue.

The deferrment of the bill came a day after the Union Cabinet cleared some amendments to the draft Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2017 bill, including adding a bail provision to it.

The amendments came after the Supreme Court on August 22 last year had struck down ‘triple talaq’, calling unconstitutional.

The Lok Sabha had passed the Bill in December. However, amendments to the draft legislation, once cleared by the Rajya Sabha, will again be sent to the Lower House for passage.

The Rajya Sabha was adjourned twice within minutes during the pre-lunch session on Friday amid protest by Congress members over their demand for a JPC probe into the alleged scam in the Rafale jet deal.

(With agency inputs)