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Passage of triple talaq bill in RS likely to be stormy

Passage of triple talaq bill in RS   likely to be stormy
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New Delhi: The contentious triple talaq bill seeking to criminalise the practice of instant divorce among Muslims is set to be tabled in the Rajya Sabha Monday, even as the Congress has said it will not allow its passage in the present form.

The ruling BJP has issued a whip in the Upper House asking its members to be present.

Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad will table the bill in the Upper House. The bill was cleared by the Lok Sabha -245 voting in favour and 11 opposing it - on Thursday amid a walkout by the Opposition.

Prasad had on Friday claimed the bill would find support in the Rajya Sabha, where the BJP-led NDA lacks numbers.

The bill is listed in the Rajya Sabha's legislative agenda for Monday.

All India Congress Committee (AICC) general secretary K C Venugopal told reporters in Kochi Saturday the party would join hands with others to prevent the bill from getting passed in the House.

Even the parties which support the government on various issues, including the AIADMK, have opposed the bill.

The opposition has questioned the stringent provisions like the criminalisation of a civil wrong in the triple talaq bill.

The Opposition has been demanding that the bill is referred to a 'Joint Select Committee' of Parliament for further scrutiny.

On Thursday, the government rejected the Opposition's contention the bill it was aimed at targeting a particular community.

Piloting the bill, Prasad had said there should be no politics on the bill, stressing it was not against any particular community.

The new Bill to make the practice of triple talaq among Muslims a penal offence was introduced in Lok Sabha on December 17 to replace an ordinance issued in September.

Under the proposed law, giving instant triple talaq will be illegal and void, and will attract a jail term of three years for the husband.

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