New Delhi: The contentious bill that criminalizes instant triple talaq among Muslims, already passed by the Lok Sabha, was introduced in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday leading to a pandemonium, forcing the chair to adjourn the house till 11 am Thursday.
The ruckus was steered to full swing after Congress' Anand Sharma moved a notice stating that the bill be referred to a select committee of the Rajya Sabha. He also proposed the names of the committee members.
Leaders from the ruling NDA, including Arun Jaitley and Ravi Shanker Prasad, protested the move. Prasad said that the practice of triple talaq was continuing even after the Lok Sabha passed the bill.
Arun Jaitley said that the whole country was watching how the Congress was playing a double-game supporting the bill in Lok Sabha and derailing it with a demand for a 'select committee' in the Rajya Sabha.
He also said that the court had 'asked' for an appropriate legislation to be enacted before the current ban on the controversial practice ends on February 22.
Referring to the select committee would create an unreasonable delay in delivering 'legislative responsibility,' he said.
The Bill, which makes instant triple talaq illegal with up to three years in jail for the husband, was passed by the Lower House last week.
The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill was listed for introduction in the Rajya Sabha by law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on January 2, according to the list of business of the Upper House.
This Bill gives power to the victim to approach a magistrate seeking "subsistence allowance" for herself and minor children in the case of instant triple talaq or talaq-e-biddat.
A victim can also seek the custody of her minor children from the magistrate.
Under the law, instant triple talaq in any form -- spoken, in writing or by electronic means such as email, SMS and WhatsApp -- would be illegal and void.
Meanwhile, the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) had claimed that various Muslim bodies in the country would move the Supreme Court if the Bill is also passed by the Rajya Sabha.
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