Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad looked out to justify the injunction on the matter of triple talaq and said the Bill that would alter it would make sure gender equality and fundamental right of non-discrimination to the married Muslim women.
Mr Prasad initiated in the Lok Sabha, The Muslim Women Bill in 2018 simply known as the Triple Talaq Bill, despite objection from the Congress among din over Rafael controversy and the several other issues.
Soon after the House met for the day and then gathered again at noon after the first deferment and during the post-initiation session, the Congress, the AIADMK and TDP members were on their feet.
The Congress members urged a Joint Parliamentary Committee probe into the Rafale Jet fighter deal with a French company, charging the government of misguiding the Supreme Court with wrong information.
The AIADMK members wanted Karnataka to delay its approach to building a dam across the Cauvery river at Mekedatu, while the TDP members escalated several issues linked to their demand for special status to Andhra Pradesh.
Congress leader Shashi Tharoor confronted the Bill claiming it was aimed at the specific religion and however unconstitutional. He said, “The Bill conflates civil law with criminal law by criminalising a wrong form of divorce and by criminalising an act which is already legally null and void”.
He said the Bill was a venture at generating class-specific rulings on the grounds of religion. He said, “Instead of focusing on the larger issue of mistreatment and desertion of wives and dependents, which affects all communities, the Bill is couched in terms of a specific religion and therefore is in violation of Article 14 and Article 15 of the Constitution”.
Mr Tharoor said the Bill had no processed shields for preventing misuse. He claimed to respond the speaker to deny the authorization to initiate the Bill.
Mr Prasad said, “As the Bill is pending for consideration in Rajya Sabha and the practice of divorce by triple talaq is continuing, there is an urgent need to take immediate action to prevent such practice by making stringent provisions in the law ”.
“ Since both Houses of Parliament was not in session and circumstances existed rendering it necessary for the President of taking immediate action in the matter.”