While the bill looks set to run into the numbers hurdle in Rajya Sabha where BJP lacks a majority and can not trust the regional outfits to come to its rescue on an issue that has been the bugbear for the influential Muslim clergy, the party sees the LS approval as a powerful statement of its intent to roll back the politics of "appeasement".
Opposition parties like the RJD, AIMIM, BJD, IUML and AIADMK objected when the Bill was being introduced in the House. "As you are saying it is very important Bill, historic Bill".
A source in the Congress told ThePrint that the party will try to refer the matter to a select committee for legislative scrutiny when the bill is introduced in the Rajya Sabha next week.
During the discussion, Opposition members asked the government why it was in a hurry to rush the legislation without proper consultation among stakeholders.
It also proposes a common entrance exam and licentiate exams which all medical graduates will have to clear to get practicing licences, the official said.
However, commenting on the provision of allowance, Mr. Atul said that there is no contradiction in the bill. The government, however, pushed the Bill through, as Speaker Sumitra Mahajan accepted the Law Minister's request to allow it to be considered and passed on Thursday itself.
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To this, Prasad said the law was in the interest of the country and this is a small bill. "This bill doesn't want to interfere in religion, Sharia or pooja but only deals with triple talaq and Talaq-e-Biddat to provide gender justice, gender dignity and gender equality".
Referring to the Shah Bano case of mid-1980s, Meenakshi Lekhi of the BJP criticized the opposition Congress of indulging in politics of appeasement overlooking the plight of Muslim women. The bill seeks to address the issue of gender discrimination suffered by Muslim women due to the prevalence of triple talaq in their community. Recalling an anecdote of the Nehruivan era, Akbar said the country's first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, had during a conversation revealed that he could not reform the Muslim Personal Law because the time was not appropriate.
The president of the All India Muslim Women Personal Law Board, Shaista Amber, welcomed the tabling of the Bill but insisted that it should be in the light of Quran. According to the bill, instant Triple Talaq if pronounced shall be null and void.
According to the report published in India Today, as the law makes instant "Triple Talaq" cognizable and non-bailable, police can arrest husband who pronounces it without a warrant.
Pointing that the quantum of fine is missing, he said it comes under civil suit and there is no provision for criminality in this.
"There is an absence of consistency with the existing legal framework".
Dev also demanded the government put in place a corpus to provide for subsistence allowance that the bill mentions, since it was unrealistic to expect a husband in jail to fend for his family. Some MPs shot back at Owaisi that if he doesn't want to go jail better avoid illegal instant triple talaq.