Instant Talaq Bill to reach Rajya Sabha today

Instant Talaq Bill to reach Rajya Sabha today

While government will look to get the bill cleared on Tuesday itself, it would be hard to "bulldoze" the Bill through as was done last Thursday in the Lok Sabha.

It's a jolt for the Congress that may lose nine Rajya Sabha seats, while along with its allies, the number of seats will reduce from 72 to 63.

In light of the ruling alliance lacking a majority in the Rajya Sabha, there are possibilities of the Bill getting stalled, as Congress, the leading opposition party has objected to the imprisonment and maintenance clauses of the Bill, and therefore may press for the Bill to be sent to the standing committee or a select committee to remove objectionable clauses.

The government and the opposition are likely to lock horns on Tuesday when a landmark bill that criminalises instant triple talaq among Muslims, already passed by the Lok Sabha, is tabled in the Rajya Sabha. The amendments to the bill moved by the opposition were also rejected.

According to the government sources, the bill will be tabled in Rajya Sabha on Wednesday.

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Union minister for minority affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi however exuded confidence that the bill will be passed in the Upper House the way it was passed in the Lok Sabha.

The bill was passed after the Lok Sabha rejected a string of amendments moved by various opposition members including those from Congress.

The Congress and several parties have opposed a provision for a three-year jail term in the bill for a Muslim man who says "talaq" thrice to divorce his wife; they argue that if a man who abandons his family goes to jail, he will not be able to provide for them. "The party is confused on triple talaq", he said.

The government, which has been leaving no stone unturned to get the bill ratified as a law, has issued a three-line whip to its MPs, asking them to be present in Parliament for the next two days.

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