After a few tweaks, a revised Triple Talaq bill was taken in the Lok Sabha on December 27.
After Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad introduced the bill in the Lok Sabha, the Opposition, who earlier backed the bill, now stipulated for a joint select committee to be put together, asking the government to not interfere in religious issues.
Putting an argument against the Bill, Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge questioned if a man would be imprisoned for the same act if he was of another religion.
Kharge questioned, "I would like to ask, is it in the Hindu religion to send a man to jail for three years? Is it in the Christian religion?
Defying the logic of his argument by saying that the concept of 'Triple Talaq' does not even exist in Hindu religion, Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi rebutted the Opposition by mocking Kharge's question and listed the Islamic countries around the world who have outlawed the act years ago.
He said, "What 'secular' Hindu religion is born now which has Triple Talaq?"
"A lot of Islamic countries, who follow the laws and rules of Islam, have put an end to this process of Triple Talaq years ago. In Sudan, Triple Talaq was criminalised in 1929, In Pakistan Triple Talaq 1956 was criminalised, right after independence, Bangladesh in 1972, Iraq in 1959, Syria in 1953, In 1969 Malaysia criminalised it. Apart from this, it is criminalised in Cyprus, Jordan, Algeria, Qatar, UAE, and such Islamic countries. Do they not believe in Islam? What is this new secularism?" he added.
Naqvi further questioned the Congress party of disputing the act now after supporting it in Lok Sabha the previous time the bill was in discussion and taking a U-turn from their stand.
He said, "I can't help if Congress still does not get it. The time since this government has got the bill in Raj Sabha and Lok Sabha, last time Congress helped us pass the bill in Lok Sabha, then we don't know what happened between the 100 steps of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha."
"The positive thing is that we had a positive discussion. This has been happening repeatedly, so don't we need a law or not? If the Supreme Court has called it unconstitutional and criminalised it, then why do we need to make a law. If we have laws for crimes like rape, murder etc then there should be a law for this and this is not to victimise anybody but is to uplift Muslim women, it's for their constitutional safety," he said backing the Bill as an act of upliftment of Muslim women.