Nitish Kumar’s JDU to oppose triple talaq bill in Rajya Sabha

Nitish Kumar

Patna :Nitish Kumar’s party and BJP ally Janata Dal (United) on Thursday said it will not support the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre on the issue of triple talaq in the Rajya Sabha.

“Janata Dal-United is opposed to it and we will continue to stand against it,” said senior party leader and Bihar ministerShayam Razak on Thursday.

The JD-U leader said triple talaq is a social issue and should be resolved by the society at the social level. Razak said it was the JD-U that voted against the triple talaq bill in the Rajya Sabha.

Nitish Kumar has publicly opposed the triple talaq bill.

Early this week, the Bihar Chief Minister reiterated his stand that proposals to remove Article 370, impose a Uniform Civil Code and construct a grand Ram temple in Ayodhya either be settled through dialogue or court ruling.

“It has been our view that Article 370 should not be removed. Similarly, Uniform Civil Code should not be imposed on anyone and the issue of Ram temple in Ayodhya be either resolved through dialogue or court order,” Nitish Kumar said.

This came after the Cabinet cleared a fresh bill to ban the practice of instant triple talaq.

The bill will be introduced in the Budget session of the Parliament which begins on Monday to replace an ordinance issued in February by the previous BJP-led NDA government.

With the dissolution of the 16th Lok Sabha last month, the previous bill had lapsed as it was pending in Rajya Sabha.

The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, which made the practice of instant triple talaq (talaq-e-biddat) a penal offence, had faced objections from the opposition parties which claimed that jail term for a man for divorcing his wife was legally untenable.

Bills that are introduced in Rajya Sabha and are pending there do not lapse with the dissolution of Lok Sabha. However, bills passed by Lok Sabha and pending in Rajya Sabha lapse with the dissolution of the lower house.

The government had promulgated the ordinance on triple talaq twice — in September 2018 and in February 2019 –. as the contentious bill remained pending in Rajya Sabha, though it was passed by Lok Sabha.

Under the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Ordinance, 2019, divorcing through instant triple talaq is illegal, void and will attract a jail term of three years for the husband.

Seeking to allay fears that the proposed law could be misused, the government has included certain safeguards in it such as adding a provision for bail for the accused during trial.

These amendments were cleared by the Cabinet on August 29, 2018. While the ordinance makes it a “non-bailable” offence, an accused can approach a magistrate even before trial to seek bail.IANS


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