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Though a few allies of the BJP like the Shiv Sena have demanded that the bill be sent to a select committee, the government feels no need for it as the legislation has already been debated upon in the Lok Sabha.

"We are in talks with Congress party and others..."

The Business Advisory Committee (BAC) of the Upper House met today and chose to allot four hours for discussion on the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, which was passed by the Lok Sabha last week. The bill seeks to criminalise the practice of instant divorce among Muslims.

But the biggest bone of contention between the BJP and the opposition is the on the three-year jail term clause for the erring husband.

In the BAC meeting, the Congress and other opposition parties put up the proposal to send the bill to a select committee, sources privy to the discussion told IANS.

Several Muslim groups, including the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB), allege "illegality" in provisions of the bill that criminalises instant triple talaq.

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According to reports, with the numbers not favouring the government in the Rajya Sabha, it would be hard to get the bill passed as was done last Thursday in the Lok Sabha.

MPs noted that the government has conceded in Lok Sabha that the bill was conceived without consultations with Muslim groups and argued it was imperative that this gap be now filled because parliamentary committees, as a matter of procedure, take the views of a cross-section of people.

The government on Tuesday shot down the Opposition's demand that the triple talaq bill be sent to a select committee of the Rajya Sabha, but indicated that it might be open to accepting some of the amendments to the bill suggested by the Opposition.

As per the Rajya Sabha's list of business, the instant talaq Bill should be taken up by the House on Tuesday.

The Congress has asked the government to make triple talaq a permissive offence and that punishment be decreased to a two-year maximum sentence. "We have told Congress that since they have not pressed for any amendments in the Lok Sabha, they should do the same in the Rajya Sabha", Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar said. "There is no question of us not standing by anything that empowers women".


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