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Discussion underway on triple talaq bill in Rajya Sabha

Law and Justice Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad moved the bill for consideration and passage.

The Bill is aimed at protecting the rights of married Muslim women and to prohibit divorce by pronouncing instant triple talaq by their husbands.

The Bill proposes to make the triple talaq as a cognizable offence. It also provides allowance to victim women and their dependent children.

Moving the bill, law minister said that this is a matter of gender justice, dignity and equality.

Taking part in the debate Union Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that the Bill is about gender equality and justice for women irrespective of their religion. He also highlighted the major initiatives undertaken by the MODI government.

Congress Member Amee Yajnik said that the provision to take the matter to the criminal court will further traumatise an already victimised women. She said rather it should have been proposed to be taken to the family court if the government was truely concerned about women empowerment.

BJP MP from Chhattisgarh Saroj Pandey also participated in the discussion on Triple Talaq Bill. She said the Bill seeks to criminalise only one among nine way of divorce in Islam and this will only empower women.

Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad, who rose to oppose the Bill, said that the legislation will only widen the differences between the husband and wife and would only increase their difficulties.

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