Triple talaq criminalisation bill passes Rajya Sabha test, just one step away from becoming law

The much talked about Triple talaq criminalisation bill was passed in Rajya Sabha on Tuesday. The bill, which sought to end the practice of Muslim men instantly divorcing their wives by uttering “talaq” thrice, saw stiff opposition when it was presented in the Lok Sabha. But several of the parties that opposed it – including Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal United, AIADMK and K Chandrashekar Rao’s Telangana Rashtra Samithi — ended up aiding the bill’s passage.

While the AIADMK and Nitish Kumar’s party walked out, the Telangana Rashtra Samithi abstained from voting, bringing down the majority mark. Several opposition lawmakers also gave the vote a miss. The list of absentees included Sharad Pawar, Praful Patel, four lawmakers from the Congress and two from the Samajwadi Party.

The bill was passed, with 99 votes in its favour and 84 against. Law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, who tabled the bill, said, “Today is a historic day. Both the Houses have given justice to the Muslim women. This is the beginning of a transforming India”.

The smooth passage of a second contentious bill within a week marked a change in the government’s fortunes in the upper house, where it lacks numbers.

It was the first draft legisltation that the Narendra Modi 2.0 cabinet passed after being voted back to power in the 2019 Lok Sabha election. The triple talaq bill was introduced in the Lok Sabha and passed by the house last week. The government did not face much trouble for pushing the triple talaq bill in the Lok Sabha, where it enjoys comfortable majority.