The Lok Sabha, on Thursday, began discussion on the Muslim Women Protection of Rights on Marriage Bill, 2018. The Opposition has demanded a joint select committee on the instant triple talaq bill. While talking on the matter, NCP MP Supriya Sule spoke about women empowerment and recited a few stories to back her points. She also said that even if the bill is passed in Lok Sabha it will get stuck in Rajya Sabha 'as the house gets shut at 11:15 am every day'.
"This is not for women at the top of the pyramid and this is for the women for the bottom of the pyramid who are unaware about their rights. Empowering women financially and emotional will really strengthen the cause. We don't agree with Triple Talaq it should be stopped this instant what we disagree with is that you are looking at institution of marriage...I spoke to a women and I asked her about triple talaq and she said that I don't want to send my husband to jail. Once you go to Rajya Sabha...Rajya Sabha is any which way not functioning. At least I am glad we are in Lok Sabha and we are working everyday. Rajya Sabha everyday shuts at 11:15 am so once this bill goes there in the next 7 days then what will we get?"
Meanwhile, Shiv Sena MP Arvind Sawant welcomed the bill and said:
"Who will go against women empowerment? First and foremost, all those Muslim women for whom you have brought this bill will be so happy. Earlier, there was no way of reconciliation but now you have brought this bill. As per the bill, if a man says 'Talaq, Talaq Talaq' then he will be put behind bars for three years. This is a way to maintain law and order and we welcome this".
Earlier, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad called the triple talaq as a bill for “justice and humanity.” Mr Prasad said:
“It is essential that the Parliament talks in one voice and not make it a religious issue.”