New Delhi: Friday being the final day of the Winter session of the Parliament, the fate of the controversial triple talaq bill hangs in balance, as a united opposition refused to budge from its stand that the bill should be sent to a select committee on Thursday.
Since there were no consensus on the issue, with the government and the opposition continuing to have a showdown, Deputy Chairman of the House of Elders, PJ Kurein, adjourned Rajya Sabha till 11 am on Friday, without taking up the issue.
TMC’s Derek O’ Brien wanted a vote on the resolutions, and accused the government of not doing enough for women empowerment. “Its clear that this side(opposition) wants to empower women, and you, the government, stand exposed.” To this, BJP minister Smriti Irani retorted, “Absolutely not, if you seriously want to empower women then have a discussion now.”
On Wednesday, amid noisy scenes, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad introduced the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill 2017 for discussion and passage on Wednesday, but pandemonium broke out in the Upper House with the opposition creating an uproar and the BJP countering it vociferously.
The bill, which seeks to make instant triple talaq illegal with up to three years in jail for the husband, was passed in the Lok Sabha on December 28.
It remains to be seen if the government and the opposition can reach an agreement regarding the issue and pass the historic bill on the last day of the winter session of the Parliament.
Leader of the Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad suggested that the government should include a provision in the bill that it would take care of the financial needs of divorced Muslim women and their children.
“We are in favour of the bill but we are opposed to the provision of imprisonment of the husbands. Who will take care of the family?