As the Rajya Sabha was adjourned for the day following an uproar by the opposition over the triple talaq bill, Union minister Smriti Zubin Irani said the development exposed the "double standard" of the Congress-led opposition, and wondered why they were running away from a discussion on the bill in the House. The bill is still pending in the Upper House and its fate will be decided in the forthcoming budget session beginning January 29. The Triple Talaq Bill or The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill seeks to outlaw Talaq-e-Biddat or instant triple talaq and punish offenders with a jail term.
On Thursday, the deadlock on the triple talaq bill in the Rajya Sabha continued with the government rejecting the opposition's insistence on sending the bill to a Select Committee for detailed scrutiny.
Azad said the Congress had objections to the clause in the Bill that made divorce a cognizable offence. "There is anger among people on this issue". The Congress hasissued a whip to its 57 MPs in the Rajya Sabha to be present in the Rajya Sabha today, the last day of the winter session of Parliament.
With no agreement, the government placed the bill in the bottom in the list of business, which the opposition strongly objected to and demanded that its motions for referring the bill to a Select Committee be taken up immediately. They have argued that if a man who abandons his family goes to jail, he will not be able to provide financial support for them. The upper house has been adjourned multiple times this week over the bill that was briefly discussed in the house. The bill makes giving triple talaq punishable by up to three years in jail.