The Congress and some other parties wanted more time for deliberating on the bill.
The bill was passed after the Lok Sabha rejected a string of amendments moved by various opposition members including those from Congress.
The Business Advisory Committee (BAC) of the Upper House met today and chose to allot four hours for discussion on the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, which was passed by the Lok Sabha last week.
However, the entire opposition, including those friendly to the ruling BJP like TDP and AIADMK, demanded that the bill be referred to a select committee so that "lacunae" in the legislation could be rectified.
How could a bill touted to empower Muslim women by banning triple talaq proved to be harmful for its beneficiaries? "I believe all our office-bearers will talk to all parties, and all parties will understand the problem faced by our aggrieved sisters".
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The Bill criminalizing instant triple talaq may be facing Opposition in certain quarters and muslim women and petitioners in the Supreme Court are all for it.
Given its numbers in the Rajya Sabha, a united Opposition can vote to send the bill to a select committee.
According to the government sources, the bill will be tabled in Rajya Sabha on Wednesday.
However, owing to the lack of a majority of the government in the Rajya Sabha, there are chances that the Bill may be impeded or blocked. "It might be tabled tomorrow", Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar told reporters outside the Parliament House. There is no black and white solution to this, We have to see how the debate evolves... what is actually included and how is it implementable.... and until it is equitable for all women under all clauses of talaq.
The SC said triple talaq violates the fundamental rights of Muslim women as it irrevocably ends a marriage without any chance of reconciliation.
The Shiv Sena, an ally of the BJP, has also demanded the bill be sent to a select committee.