The Triple Talaq bill on Tuesday cleared Rajya Sabha hurdle with series of walkouts by NDA ally Janata Dal (United) and the AIADMK. A number of opposition lawmakers also decided to abstain from voting.
Their absence from voting brought down the majority mark required to pass the bill in the Upper House.
The bill was passed in the upper house with 99 to 84 votes. Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, who tabled the bill, said, “A historic day when the Rajya Sabha passed the Triple Talaq Bill, earlier passed by Lok Sabha. Govt of PM Narendra Modi has fulfilled its commitment by giving justice to Muslim women. No more Talaq-Talaq-Talaq!”
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a tweet said that it was a victory of gender justice.
“An archaic and medieval practice has finally been confined to the dustbin of history! Parliament abolishes Triple Talaq and corrects a historical wrong done to Muslim women. This is a victory of gender justice and will further equality in society. India rejoices today!” PM Modi tweeted.
“I thank all parties and MPs who have supported the passage of The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2019 in both Houses of Parliament. They have risen to the occasion and this step of theirs will forever be remembered in India’s history,” Modi added.
He further said, “This is an occasion to salute the remarkable courage of those Muslim women who have suffered great wrongs just due to the practice of Triple Talaq. The abolition of Triple Talaq will contribute to women empowerment and give women the dignity they deserve in our society.”
Union Home Minister Amit Shah congratulated PM Modi for fulfilling his commitment and ensuring a law to ban Triple Talaq.
“Today is a great day for India’s democracy. I congratulate PM @narendramodi ji for fulfilling his commitment and ensuring a law to ban Triple Talaq, which will free Muslim women from the curse of this regressive practice. I thank all parties who supported this historic bill.”