Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu on Friday made it clear that the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2017 – the Triple Talaq Bill – will not be taken up in the Monsoon Session anymore. The announcement came in the later half of the day during the current session.
It is to be known that Lok Sabha had passed the ‘Triple Talaq Bill’ on December 28, 2017 and it was tabled in the Rajya Sabha on Friday, which was the last day of the Monsoon Session. So looking at the prospects that the details might not be discussed properly, Naidu deferred the Bill till the next session.
According to the controversial bill, Muslim couples seeking divorce will have to go through a procedure rather than the previous custom of pronouncing ‘talaq’ back to back thrice by their husbands. The central cabinet gave its nod to three demands put forth by Congress in order to support the Bill.
Among the three demands, the main demand of opposition seeks provision for bail to an accused before the start of trial. Other two demands state that a close relative of the victim to be allowed to file a case on her behalf and the last one states that magistrates be allowed to settle disputes between the couple. The last two demands were refused by the cabinet earlier.