The legislation to criminalise instant triple talaq has been listed for discussion and passage in Rajya Sabha today. It was slated to be taken up on Tuesday but the government decided to seek a broad consensus on the bill before it is tabled in the house where it lacks majority.
The bill — Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2017 – was passed in Lok Sabha last week.
The Congress, which had supported the bill in Lok Sabha, albeit some strong suggestions against it, will be consulting larger opposition before finalising its stand, party sources said.
Leader of Opposition in the Upper House Ghulam Nabi Azad convened a meeting of the leaders of his party (the Congress) as well as other parties in his Parliament chamber on Tuesday.
The sources added that while the Congress was in favour of the bill as it proposed to ban instant triple talaq, it has to be seen if it would press for sending it to the Select Committee.
The party might press for amendments in the bill, including a clause for maintenance to the Muslim women and making it mandatory for the man to prove that triple talaq had not been invoked, the sources said.
(With inputs from PTI)