The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2018 and The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019 lapsed on Wednesday as Rajya Sabha was adjourned sine die. The bill which was supposed to get placed in the Upper House was not tabled and lapsed with the session’s adjournment.
Rajya Sabha came for meeting after it was adjourned till noon following the CAG report on Rafale deal which was tabled. In the report shared by the CAG, it was said that the Rafale deal negotiated with the current NDA regime was 2.86% cheaper in comparison to the earlier proposal by the UPA.
Last year, on December 27, The Lok Sabha passed the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2018 that makes instant triple talaq or talaq-e-biddat a criminal offence, with a jail term of up to three years with a fine.
The bill, which seeks to replace an ordinance promulgated in September prohibiting divorce by pronouncing “talaq” by the husband, was then passed after over four-hour discussion with some heated exchanges between the opposition and treasury benches taking place.
While, The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019 provides for Indian citizenship to Hindus, Jains, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists and Parsis from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan after seven years of residence in India instead of the current norm of 12 years, even in absence of any documents.
Bill introduced by Rajya Sabha and pending in the Lok Sabha do not get lapsed with the dissolution of the Lok Sabha, whereas Bills introduced by Lok Sabha and remain to be passed by Rajya Sabha, do get lapsed.
Though an ordinance is currently in force declaring triple talaq as illegal, the government has the option of re-promulgation of the bill.
All India Mahila Congress Sushmita Dev on Thursday said that the party will abolish the Triple Talaq Bill if they are voted to power in the upcoming General Elections.