Justice for Muslim women, proud moment for us, says Prime Minister Modi
makes instant triple talaq a criminal offence
NEW DELHI: In a major win for the Modi Government, the Rajya Sabha today passed the triple talaq Bill, with 84 voting against it and 99 in favour.
The legislation, officially known as 'The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2019', makes instant triple talaq a criminal offence. It was passed after a walkout by JD (U) and AIADMK members giving the government advantage in numbers.
This was the third time the Bill was considered in the Upper House. It was passed in the Lok Sabha on July 25.
While the JD (U) and AIADMK walked out, TRS, TDP, Satish Mishra of BSP, Sharad Pawar and Praful Patel of NCP and Jharna Das Baidya of CPI(M) were absent during voting. 40 MPs of the Congress were present.
The opposition had wanted the Bill to be referred to a select committee for consideration. When the opposition asked for a division vote on the reference of the Bill to a select committee, the result was: 84 in favour, 100 against. Hence the House decided against referral to a select panel.
Digvijaya Singh from INC opposed the Bill. "The Supreme Court has held triple talaq unconstitutional. This Bill is redundant in this regard," he said. Even amongst the Hindus, he said, the concept of natra exists, similar to the triple talaq. "Why will the government not criminalise that?" he asks.
The Minister of Law and Justice Ravi Shankar Prasad reminded the House: "When the Hindu Marriage Act was passed, a second marriage was not just declared void, but made a criminal offence. This was passed by the Congress government... Similarly, the practice of dowry was made a non-bailable offence." "This House does not need the mandate of the Supreme Court to pass a law," he said.
Sampatiya Uikey of the BJP asks the members to pass the triple talaq Bill and "give the country's sisters a Rakshabandhan gift."
After the bill was passed, Congress leader Raj Babbar said, "A civil law has been made a criminal law. It's a historic mistake."
“Today is a historic day. Both the Houses have given justice to the Muslim women. This is the beginning of a transforming India,” Ravi Shankar Prasad said while speaking to the press outside Parliament.
HISTORIC DAY: PM
Prime Minister Narendra Modi called it a historic day. “An archaic and medieval practice has finally been confined to the dustbin of history! This is a victory of gender justice and will further equality in society. India rejoices today!” he said, in a series of tweets.
The passage of the Bill was a big step towards empowering women who had been deprived of their rights by earlier governments because of appeasement politics, he said. “I am proud that our government got the honour of giving Muslim women their rights… This is an occasion to salute the remarkable courage of those Muslim women who have suffered great wrongs just due to the practice of Triple Talaq. The abolition of Triple Talaq will contribute to women empowerment and give women the dignity they deserve in our society,” he said.
Home Minister Amit Shah congratulated the Prime Minister for fulfilling his commitment and thanked all parties supporting the bill.
President Ram Nath Kovind also expressed happiness in his tweet: “Passage in the Rajya Sabha of Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill completes Parliament's approval of ban on the inequitable practice of triple talaq. A milestone in the quest for gender justice; a moment of satisfaction for the entire country.”
Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath said in an interview to ANI, "The passing of the triple talaq bill, under the guidance of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, is a proud moment. This is not aimed any community, but is for the dignity of women."
Chairperson of the National Commission for Women, Rekha Sharma, tweeted: "Implementation of triple talaq bill will empower Muslim women as their decision will matter."