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Union law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, on Friday, introduced the parliament a fresh bill on Triple Talaq. The new Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2019 by Prasad saw a huge uproar in the Lok Sabha.

The current bill wants to bring the practice of triple talaq under a penal offence. The government had earlier passed two versions of the same bill, in September 2018 and in January 2019. Though both of them were passed in Lok Sabha, it remains pending in Rajya Sabha.

Introducing the Bill in the parliament, Prasad said, “This is not a matter of religion, caste or community. It is a matter of a woman’s dignity and integrity. The rights of Muslim women will be protected (through this law). It will ensure justice to and empowerment of women.”

Opposing the bill, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor said that this law is a “textbook example of class legislation” as it discriminates against Muslims. “We are not against the banning of the practice, but the contents of the Bill,” he said.

Asaduddin Owaisi said that the new bill is a violation of Article 14 and 15. “Why is a non-Muslim husband penalised for one year and a Muslim man penalised for three years?” he asked.

As many as 186 members voted in favour of the Bill while 74 parliamentarians opposed it.

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