Hyderabad: A united Opposition on Monday thwarted the government’s attempt to push the instant Triple Talaq Bill in the Rajya Sabha as it insisted on referring it to the select committee of Parliament.
The Bill, which proposes to criminalize the practice of Muslims men giving divorce to their wives by uttering the word “Talaq” thrice in quick succession, was passed by Lok Sabha three days back.
It needs to be passed by the Rajya Sabha to become a law.
The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill 2018 was slated to be taken up by the Rajya Sabha this afternoon for consideration and passing.
However, as soon as an effort was made to take this Bill up, an uproar erupted in the house.
TMC leader Derek O Brien said all opposition parties unanimously want the Bill to be sent to a select committee for proper scrutiny.
Echoing similar sentiments, Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad, said, “This is such an important bill which can positively or negatively affect the lives of crores of people can’t be passed just like this without going to a select committee.”
As the House was not in order, deputy chairman Harivansh adjourned the house for 15 minutes.
But when the House reconvened, uproar continued.
Congress leader Anand Sharma said that a legislative scrutiny was critical of the Bill before it could be taken up by the house.
Minister of State for Parliamentary Affair Vijay Goel attacked the opposition for stalling the Bill, saying they had no sympathy for the Muslim women.
Amid the uproar Harivansh adjourned the house for the day.
Meanwhile, when tried to know the view of residents of Hyderabad, it was found that none of them is in favour of the bill rather they termed it as an interference in Shariat.
One of the residents said that it is nothing but a plan for 2019 General Election.
Another resident by name Salman also termed it a political move for General Elections. He also said that after Babri Masjid, BJP wants to fight the election on “Triple Talaq” issue.
A senior citizen of Hyderabad, Mr. Hameedullah Ghouri said that the rules written in the Quran cannot be changed. He also said that there is a need for all the Muslims to raise their voice against the bill. He also termed the bill as inference in Islamic Shariat. He further said that even if the act become law, Muslims will not approach the court.
Saleem, another resident termed the bill as vote bank politics.
A student of Anwarul Uloom College, Mr. Aftab Ahmed expressing his views on the bills said that the bill is nothing but interference in Shariat.
Shaik Basheer went a step ahead and termed the bill as a conspiracy against Muslims.
With inputs from ANI