Present talaq bill will double Muslim women's woes: BSP

Present talaq bill will double Muslim women's woes: BSP

As the Rajya Sabha was adjourned for the day following an uproar by the opposition over the triple talaq bill, Union minister Smriti Zubin Irani said the development exposed the "double standard" of the Congress-led opposition, and wondered why they were running away from a discussion on the bill in the House.

While voting on the bill was on the agenda for the Rajya Sabha session on Friday, the ensuing deadlock between the government and opposition it did not come up for a vote.

The opposition raised the terror incident in Kashmir, in which five CRPF personnel were killed, also raised concerns over the first National Register of Citizens draft in Assam, which had several prominent names missing. When Parliament reconvenes at the end of January for the Budget Session, the government need to place the copy of the Ordinance before both the Houses.

Trina Roy, Program Officer of the PRS Legislative Research, said fewer bills being referred to committees raises a question "if there is adequate scrutiny before the laws are enacted". As Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said while piloting the Bill in the Lok Sabha, this was not interference in the religious affairs of the Muslims. "In eight working days, the two Houses passed 22 Bills", he said, thanking Opposition parties for their cooperation.

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"The intention of the (Narendra) Modi government is clear. Fifteen new bills were also brought in by the government and only one of them was sent to a committee", Roy told IANS.

During UPA II, Hooda said, 71 bills were sent to standing committees, where those were scrutinised by all political parties, but the BJP, in this session, has hardly sent a single bill to such a panel. However, productivity in Rajya Sabha dropped drastically to 54 percent from 72 percent in the Monsoon Session.

Commerce Minister Suresh Prabhu made a statement on the "India's stand at WTO". "There is anger among people on this issue". The government in Rajya Sabha was hoping to get a breakthrough in the standoff over the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill which seeks to outlaw talaq-e-biddat or instant triple talaq and punish offenders with a jail term.

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