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Not just opposition, NDA ally JD(U) also raised objections to triple talaq bill

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The parties urged the government to make changes in the bill and send it to a standing committee for a further review of the draft.

New Delhi: Despite backing the triple talaq bill in Parliament, opposition parties as well NDA partner JD(U) Thursday raised objections to certain provisions, such as making the practice a criminal offence, and the issue of subsistence allowance.

They urged the government to make changes in the bill and send it to a standing committee for a further review of the draft.

Congress

“All of us are supporting this bill, but there are certain lacunae which should and can be rectified in the standing committee,” said Mallikarjun Kharge, Congress’s leader of the House in the Lok Sabha. “We can sit together and sort this out in a time-bound manner.”

Amendments moved by Congress MPs — Suhmita Dev and Adhir Ranjan Choudhary — on the bill were rejected through a voice vote.

NCP

NCP MP Supriya Sule wondered if this bill could be misused as in the case of anti-dowry law.

“Like the SC said dowry law was being misused and instant arrest must not be done, can we be confident that same will not be done in triple talaq cases? I think we need to discuss this,” she said.

Biju Janata Dal

“Divorce is a civil matter, and the moment you bring in a criminal aspect, you are creating situations where the government machinery will have no control,” said Tathagata Sathpathy, BJD MP.

Samajwadi Party

Samajwadi Party leader Dharmendra Yadav said that the Centre should involve the state government while making the triple talaq bill a law. He also criticised the three-year jail term suggested for offenders in the bill.

AIMIM

Asaduddin Owaisi, head of the All India Majlis-e-Ittihadul Muslimeen, said the bill violates fundamental rights and lacks basic legal coherence. He pointed out various inconsistencies in the bill, stating that even if a person is sent to prison, conjugal rights remain. He also said that Muslims were not consulted during the drafting of the bill.

“This bill, if passed, will lead to abandoned Muslim women,” he said.

JD(U)

NDA partner Janata Dal (United) was also of the opinion that everyone’s view should be taken into consideration before passing of the bill. “We are not against reforms but on such an important subject, which can have impact on millions lives, a broad consensus is very important,” said senior JD(U) leader K.C. Tyagi.

AIADMK

Anwar Raajhaa of the AIADMK said that the Supreme Court had never declared that triple talaq ought to be treated as a criminal offence.

CPI(M)

From the Left parties, CPI(M) leader A. Sampath also criticised the provision of making the practice a criminal act. “This bill is a transgression of the civil side and the criminal side,” he said. He also highlighted how the bill was drafted without the involvement of any women’s organisations.

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