Rajya Sabha adjourned for the day following ruckus over triple talaq bill

Saturday, 13 Jan, 2018

"I have complete faith that the Bill will be sent to a special committee", she added.

Kolkata: Breaking her silence over the triple talaq bill which was recently tabled in the Rajya Sabha, chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday described it as "erroneous and defective".

The Congress has not helped its cause by the way it conducted itself in Upper House of Parliament.

Congress also hit back at Jaitley.

Former Supreme Court lawyer Indira Jaisingh also has profound reservations about the bill, particularly over the fact that it will likely make any possible reconciliation between couples even more hard. He also suggested names of 17 members to the panel and urged the NDA to suggest their representatives to the panel.

The Bill is likely to be taken up at 2 pm in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday. "The whole country is watching that in the other house you supported the bill and in this house you are trying to derail the bill", Jaitley said. Personal law is civil law, therefore, how can you criminalize civil law? Her husband will be languishing in jail without any provision of providing her and her children any financial security. Supporters of the bill draw a parallel to Section 498A IPC and bigamy, which are also criminal offences.

"Congress is not againts the bill". In such situation Islam provides guiding principles for both men and women to take steps (if they wish so) for the dissolution of marriage.

Replying to the debate, Union Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma assured the Lok Sabha that the government will allow construction work or infrastructure projects in such areas only "in the rarest of rare circumstances" in larger public interest. "They are opposing it to strengthen their vote bank".

Meanwhile, numerous Muslim women's groups who supported the petition for triple talaq to be banned are divided over the bill.

Reacting to it, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said that a member can not suddenly move a motion in such manner.

In a meeting with Rajya Sabha chairperson Venkaiah Naidu, the Congress, AIADMK, DMK, CPI, CPI (M) and BJD said the bill should be referred to a select committee for detailed discussion.

Party leaders dismiss Arun Jaitley's charge of double standards, say Congress is demanding the same changes it asked for in the Lok Sabha.

The Pune violence issue provided reason for disruption right from the begining of the proceedings and the house witnessed repeated adjournments. Law minister said, "This issue is being raised deliberately so that Triple Talaq Bill can be stalled".

The amendments to the bill moved by the opposition too, were rejected. Many believe a parliamentary committee going through the finer nuances of the bill is the right way to go before it is turned into law. "If the majority's view is not heard in this House, where will it be heard?" he quipped. "This has never happened since 1952 in this Parliament".

The Parliament's winter session has continued disruption over the protests in Maharashtra today.