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Anti-Triple Talaq Bill must for gender justice: Govt

It was the first draft legislation tabled by the Narendra Modi government in this first session after it took oath of office for a second term in May.

The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2019 proposes to declare the practice of instant Triple Talaq as void and illegal.

Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, moved the Bill for consideration and passage in the lower house.

The legislation also makes instant triple talaq punishable with imprisonment upto 3 years and fine.

It also provides for payment of subsistence allowance to married Muslim women and dependent children.

The bill will replace the ordinance promulgated earlier in this regard.

The fresh Muslim Women – Protection of Rights on Marriage Bill was introduced in the Lok Sabha on June 21.

Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad appealed to the house to pass the legislation and take a major step forward in ensuring gender justice. He said that if Islamic nations can ban Triple Talaq why can’t a secular country like India do so.

While taking part in the discussion on bill related to Triple Talaq in Lok Sabha, Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that opposition’s concern over the jail term to the triple talaq victim’s husband is baseless. He said that if crime is committed then husband must face the consequences.

BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi said that the in a secular country like India, gender justice is the need of the hour.

While opposing the bill, DMK MP Kanimozhi said govt should pass the 33% women’s reservation bill first before discussing the rights of Muslim women.

Congress MP Gaurav Gogoi said, his party welcomes the supreme court order to make a law on triple talaq but it has reservations on criminalizing the instant triple talaq.

The upper house of Parliament today took up for consideration and passage The Right to Information (Amendment) Bill, 2019, and The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Amendment) Bill, 2019.

The bill seeks to give the government powers to fix salaries, tenures and other terms and conditions of employment of information commissioners.

Opposition is opposing the Bill, saying it will dilute the powers of Information Commissioners.

Opposition is reiterating its demand to send the bill to select committee. Lok Sabha passed RTI (Amendment) Bill, 2019 on Monday.

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