Opposition parties insist on Select Committee for Triple Talaq bill

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Meanwhile, Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad has convened a meeting of the leaders of the Congress as well as other parties in his Parliament chamber on Tuesday, before the bill is taken up.

"We are in talks with the Opposition for the Triple Talaq Bill".

Most parties are against the provision for jailing offenders - they say they don't want a civil matter to be criminalised.

The opposition parties are said to be planning for either amendments against criminalising triple talaq or referring the bill to a select committee for detailed consideration.

Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has listed the bill, according to list of business of the Upper House.

How could a bill touted to empower Muslim women by banning triple talaq proved to be harmful for its beneficiaries?

At the meeting of the business advisory committee, nearly all Opposition parties - Congress, SP, BSP, CPI, CPM, Trinamool Congress, DMK, NCP and BJD - favoured the select committee option.

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According to Business Standard, the Centre described the voting as "historic" and even said that there is no doubt that the Bill will be passed in Rajya Sabha as well.

Though a few allies of the BJP like the Shiv Sena have demanded that the bill be sent to a select committee, the government feels no need for it as the legislation has already been debated upon in the Lok Sabha.

The MPs, sources said, pointed out that the bill is too short and it is not just the government that wants to protect Muslim women.

CPI leader D. Raja said the Left wants the bill to be referred to a select committee and accused the government of "bypassing" parliamentary panels on crucial bills. What should be the fate of triple talaq affected women?

The Bill outlaw triple talaq, and has condition for a maximum three-year jail term and fine for practising this form of divorce. "That can only be done by Parliament", the Congress's deputy leader in Rajya Sabha, Anand Sharma, told The Indian Express.

However, owing to the lack of a majority of the government in the Rajya Sabha, there are chances that the Bill may be impeded or blocked.