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Cong wasted chance to give justice to Muslim women: Jaitley

Cong wasted chance to give justice to Muslim women: Jaitley

New Delhi, Jan 3 (UNI) The central government on Wednesday squarely blamed the Congress

party for its "hypocrisy" on Triple Talaq Bill and for wasting a golden opportunity to end

injustice against Muslim women.

"Today was a golden moment for the House to end the injustice, but because of

Congress it could not happen," Finance Minister and Leader of the Rajya Sabha Arun

Jaitley told reporters minutes after the proceedings were stalled without taking

the much talked about Triple Talaq Bill.

Mr Jaitley, who critised Congress conduct in the House, further said, it is clear that

the Congress Party is (now) opposing the Triple Talaq Bill.

"The support they extended in Lok Sabha was a sham," he alleged.

The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriages) Bill 2017 that envisages

to bring the practice of Triple Talaq within the ambit of criminal offence was passed by Lok

Sabha on December 28.

Notwithstanding the fact that the Bill was stalled in Rajya Sabha as Congress

members insisted to refer it to a Select Committee, the government said it would still

push for it during the two remaining days of the winter session of Parliament.

"The Congress party's double standard stands exposed....They could not stall it in

Lok Sabha because we have numbers. Now they are opposing it in Rajya Sabha,"

Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad told reporters here shortly after the Rajya

Sabha was adjourned.

The government sources said it will try to push the Bill during two last days of winter


"I am sorry to say is a delaying tactics," Mr Prasad said.

Moreover, Mr Prasad said there is an urgency in the matter as despite Supreme Court

order, several Muslim women were still falling 'victims' of Triple Talaq especially in

Uttar Pradesh.

However, Congress leaders Kapil Sibal and Ranjeet Ranjan justified Congress stance

in the Upper House saying the issues raised by Congress party on the Bill needs

adequate deliberations.

"Even in Lok Sabha, we said the bill should be debated properly," Lok Sabha MP

Ms Ranjeet Ranjan said adding, "We are supporting the bill in both Lok Sabha

and Rajya Sabha. But we want it sent to a Select Committee".


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