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Parliament LIVE: Pushing Women to Court Not Empowerment, Says Cong as Govt Bats for Triple Talaq Bill

Ravi Shankar Prasad1

Parliament LIVE: The accident of the Unnao rape survivor in which two of her aunts were killed and she was critically injured rocked the Lok Sabha today as the Opposition cornered the government and demanded that the home minister reply on the issue in the House. The BJP, meanwhile, said it was wrong to politicise the issue and instead accused the Samajwadi Party, saying the truck involved in the accident belonged to their party’s leader.

Meanwhile, the Rajya Sabha is set to witness a stormy session today as the government will push for the contentious Triple Talaq Bill, which criminalises the practice, even as the Opposition called it discriminatory. The bill had already been passed by the Lok Sabha by a voice vote amidst a walkout by Congress, SP, Trinamool Congress, DMK and others.

Although the 16th Lok Sabha had also passed the legislation, it could not make it through the upper house. Ahead of the bill’s tabling, at least four Union ministers and two senior Rajya Sabha lawmakers have reportedly spoken to opposition parties and some alliance partners who have expressed reservation on the bill.

According to sources, some MPs from Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Samajwadi Party (SP) and Telugu Desam Party (TDP) may abstain from voting, while members of ally Janata Dal United (JDU) are also likely to skip the session.

Several opposition parties like the Congress and the Trinamool Congress have bitterly opposed the bill but the government has asserted that it is a step towards gender equality and justice. The ruling BJP has issued a whip to its MPs, asking them to ensure their presence in the House.

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