Winter Session: Lok Sabha passes Triple Talaq Bill; Opposition walks out

Congress said that this bill goes against the spirit of the Constitution and violates several articles concerning the rights of the individual

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On the 10th day of Parliament’s winter session after a heated debate, Lok Sabha passed the Triple Talaq Bill, criminalising the practice of instant Triple Talaq while the opposition staged a walkout from the lower house. The opposition has been demanding the bill to be referred to a joint committee. 

However, the ruling government rejected the same and this led to the opposition walking out from the Parliament. The bill was passed in the Lok Sabha despite opposition not being present in the house. 

While speaking at Lok Sabha, Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad presented Muslim Women Marriage Rights Protection Bill 2018 before the lower house. The bill received 245 votes in favour of the motion while only 11 votes were against it. According to the bill, the practice of instant Triple Talaq will invite three years of imprisonment.  

The modified proposals introduced before the house was rejected by the Parliament. All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) Asaduddin Owaisi’s proposal got only 15 votes in favour while 236 votes went against the same. 

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Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge said that the bill was against the spirit of Constitutions and violates several articles dealing with the rights of the individual. However, Prasad said that the bill does not target one community. 

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