Lok Sabha Passes Triple Talaq Bill, All Amendments Defeated; Now it Goes to Rajya Sabha

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The Lok Sabha on Thursday passed the triple talaq bill and all amendments to it were defeated. The bill now goes to Rajya Sabha. Speaking on behalf of the government, MoS MJ Akbar called into question the credibility of All India Muslim Personal Law Board for opposing the move. He asked ‘who made them community representatives?’ Earlier, BJP’s Meenakshi Lekhi called for a law against maulvis who oversee instant triple talaq. She said talaq-e-biddat has nothing to do with religion. She further said women are the biggest minority in this country and this is why they have been oppressed in the society. Earlier, speaking in the Lok sabha Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said the legislation meant to ensure gender justice to women is affected by instant divorce. The Congress has sought the bill to be sent to the Standing Committee, while few other opposition parties like the AIMIM and Biju Janata Dal have called the legislation an “injustice to Muslim women”. The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights of Marriage) Bill 2017 makes instant triple talaq a non-bailable warrant with imprisonment of up to three years in jail.

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