Updated: December 28, 2017 10:33 am
The stage is set for the government to table the triple talaq bill in Lok Sabha Thursday, months after the Supreme Court struck down the Muslim practice of instant divorce. Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad will table the triple talaq bill or the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill 2017, that criminalises the practice of instant triple talaq among Muslims, in the lower house. The BJP has issued a whip in the lower House, asking all of its members to be present today and tomorrow to ensure the smooth sailing of the bill.
Thursday will also see External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj making a statement on Kulbhushan Jadhav in both Houses of Parliament. She will first address the Rajya Sabha at 11 am and the Lok Sabha at 12 noon.
On Wednesday, Opposition members condemned the hostile reception accorded to Jadhav’s wife Chetna and mother Avanti during their visit. Leader of the Congress in Loksabha, Mallikarjun Kharge said, “We condemn the way Kulbhushan Jadhav’s mother and wife were treated in Pakistan. Kulbhushan Jadhav should be brought back to the country.”
The day also saw stormy scenes in both the Houses as Opposition demanded the resignation of Union Minister Anantkumar Hegde’s over his controversial remarks on the Constitution.
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10:26 am: A triple talaq victim Huma Khayanat says, “People like us who have been divorced & those who are threatened with divorce would be benefited from this law. If a law is formed for Triple Talaq just like there is a law for domestic violence, we will get some relief.”
10:14 am: BJP Parliamentary party meeting underway at Parliament’s Library Building.
— ANI (@ANI) December 28, 2017
09:49 am: Congress to protest in front of Gandhi status inside Parliament premises at 10 am over GST and Ananth Kumar Hegde’s comments on the Constitution.
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