Muslim women at a market in old Delhi. (Source: PTI)

PM Modi Appeals For Passage of Triple Talaq Bill ‘Unanimously’

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today called for a consensus in passing the bill on making instant triple talaq a punishable offence, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar said.

“The Prime Minister appealed for a consensus to pass the Muslim Women Protection of Rights on Marriage Bill,” said Kumar at the weekly Bharatiya Janata Party Parliamentary meeting.

At the meet, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad briefed BJP members on the various aspects and provisions of the draft law. The bill, set to be introduced in the Lok Sabha today, seeks to provide gender justice, respect and security for Muslim women, added Kumar.

He labelled today as a “historic day” with the government headed by Modi inching towards a major reform, by bringing in the bill.

Commenting on the status of consensus on the legislation in the Rajya Sabha where the opposition has an upper hand, Kumar said after its passage in Lok Sabha, the government will initiate the process of evolving a consensus in the upper house. “The process has already begun,” he added.

Government sources had earlier said that Prasad is already in touch with leaders of the All India Trinamool Congress, the Bharatiya Janata Dal and other parties seeking their help in passing the law.

The prime minister also wished senior party leader and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on his birthday by garlanding him, offering him sweets and gifting him with a shawl at the meeting, Kumar said.