The government has listed the contentious triple talaq bill for consideration and passage in Lok Sabha today. The bill, which criminalises instant divorce by Muslim men and seeks jail term for the guilty, was the first draft legislation tabled by the Modi government in this 1st session after it took oath of office for a 2nd term in May. The ruling BJP has issued a whip to its MPs, asking them to ensure their presence in the House. Several opposition parties have bitterly opposed it but the government has asserted that the bill is a step towards gender equality and justice. Parties like the Congress, the TMC and the DMK have demanded that it should be sent to a parliamentary committee for scrutiny.
Also, opposition parties led by the Congress are demanding the government send the bills to amend the Unlawful Activities Act, 1967 and the Right to Information Act, 2005 to a Joint Select Committee. The RTI amendment bill, which was passed by the Lok Sabha on Monday, was supposed to be tabled in the Rajya Sabha yesterday. But the government will now table it today, along with the anti-terror amendment bill, which was passed by the lower house yesterday.