A new bill to make the practice of Triple Talaq or instant divorce, practiced in the Muslim community, illegal has been tabled in the Lok Sabha today.
This is the first day when the lower house of the parliament is discussing bills after the national elections.
The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2019 will replace an ordinance issued in February by the previous BJP-led National Democratic Alliance government. The bill had failed to clear the Rajya Sabha test earlier.
Here are the live updates of parliament session:
Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad today said Triple talaq bill is not about "religion but about justice for women". Amid ruckus in the Lok Sabha and objections raised by the opposition, Ravi Shankar Prasad said: "I have been listening to the objections. We have been elected to make laws. The bill is not about religion but it's for justice for women."
Congress lawmaker Shashi Tharoor opposed the Triple Talaq bill in the parliament and said there are "no procedural safeguards" in the bill. The bill should be referred to standing committee, he said.
Delhi Commission of Women chief Swati Maliwal tweeted this morning that she hopes the Triple Talaq bill "will be passed in the parliament" today.
Hope the Triple Talaq Bill gets passed in the Parliament today. Hope that our Parliament soon bans Nikah Halala as well! It's inhuman and barbaric.- Swati Maliwal (@SwatiJaiHind) June 21, 2019