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Parliament winter session live updates: The Muslim Women Bill (Triple Talaq) 2018 passed in the Lok Sabha

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7:10 PM The Muslim Women Bill (Triple Talaq) 2018 has been passed in the Lower House(Lok Sabha)

6:45 PM Voting begins in Lok Sabha for the Triple Talaq Bill

6:40 PM Congress and AIADMK walk out from the Lok Sabha

5:10 PM AIADMK Member of Parliament A. Anwhar Raajhaa called the Triple Talaq Bill unconstitutional and one of the most barbaric laws to have ever been introduced against the Muslim community

4:55 PM Union minister Smriti Irani said, “Why didn’t Congress abolish triple talaq when they were in power?”

4:48 PM Mohammad Salim, CPI(M) leader says “This is a contract between two adults. This is a civil matter, don’t treat as a criminal one. This is one country, so the law should be one for everyone”

2:10 PM Mallikarjun Kharge addresses the House, says Triple Talaq should be sent to the Joint Selection Committee

Rajya Sabha adjourned till tomorrow, Lok Sabha till noon

Parliament will be opening today after a brief Christmas recess.

Congress MP from Thiruvananthapuram, Shashi Tharoor will move a resolution disapproving the Triple Talaq Bill as it will be among the topmost priority today after its promulgation as an ordinance in September. Congress has agreed to participate in the debate, whereas BJP has issued a whip to all its Member of Parliaments to be present in the House.

The Triple Talaq Bill makes the practice among Muslims a penal offence. Under the proposed law, giving instant triple talaq shall be illegal and void, the husband could attract a jail term up to 3 years.

In Rajya Sabha, Maneka Gandhi, Union Cabinet Minister for Women & Child Development will move The Trafficking of Persons (Prevention, Protection and Rehabilitation) Bill, 2018. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to make a statement regarding, ‘Harassment of religious minorities in neighbouring countries.’

The Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Bill and the Companies (Amendment) Bill might also get taken up in the Lok Sabha.

Winter session of the Parliament began on Tuesday on December 11. The house was adjourned after paying obituary references to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, former Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee, Union Minister Ananth Kumar, Bhola Singh, MI Shanavas and Mohammad Asrarul Haque.

The opening of the session coincided with assembly election results in five states- Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Telangana, and Mizoram.

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