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Dec 28, 2018

Lok Sabha passes Triple Talaq bill; Law Minister says it was not against any religion but to give justice to women

The Lok Sabha has passed the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill by negating the amendments moved by some opposition members. Two hundred forty-five members voted in favour of the bill while 11 voted against it yesterday. 

The Bill makes all declarations of instant triple talaq void and illegal. It seeks to make the practice a punishable offence with imprisonment of up to three years.

 The Bill will replace the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Ordinance-2018. Replying to a debate on the Bill, Minister for Law and Justice Ravi Shankar Prasad said, it has not been brought to target any religion but to give justice to women. 

However, not satisfied with the Minister’s reply and not accepting the demand to send the Bill to joint select committee, the Members from Congress, RJD, NC, SP, NCP staged a walkout. While division was taking place BJD members also walked out.

Meanwhile, BJP president Amit Shah has congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the entire government for successfully passing the Triple Talaq Bill in the Lok Sabha. In a tweet, Mr Shah said, it is a historic step ensuring equality and dignity for the Muslim women. 

Talking to media outside Parliament, Information and Broadcasting Minister Colonel Rajyavardhan Rathore said that the passing of the is a momentous occasion for the dignity and rights of Indian Muslim women. 
The National Commission for Women has also welcomed the passage of the Bill. 

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