Triple Talaq Bill to Be Tabled in Rajya Sabha, Cong Says Won’t Let It Pass
All India Congress Committee (AICC) general secretary K C Venugopal told reporters in Kochi that the party would join hands with others to prevent the bill from getting passed in the House, he told reporters in Kochi.
He said 10 opposition parties had openly come out against the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2018 when it was introduced in the Lok Sabha.
Even the parties which support the government on various issues, including AIADMK, have opposed the bill, said Venugopal, who is also a Congress floor strategist.
Condemning the bill, he said the stringent provisions like criminalisation of a civil wrong were there in the triple talaq bill and it was not at all acceptable to the opposition parties, including the Congress.
“…The bill will not help empower women,” the Congress leader said.
Ravi Shankar Prasad to Move Triple Talaq Bill in Rajya Sabha on 31 December
Union Home Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad will move the Triple Talaq Bill in Rajya Sabha on 31 December.
Lok Sabha Approves Proclamation of President’s Rule in J&K
The Lok Sabha on Friday passed amid din a statutory resolution approving the proclamation of Presidents Rule in Jammu and Kashmir even as the Opposition parties objected and termed it “unconstitutional”.
After the passage of the resolution moved by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan allowed a brief discussion, saying although it has been passed and already been adopted, she was allowing a discussion on it as a “special case”.
Initiating the debate, Shashi Tharoor of Congress opposed the resolution saying the state was put under Governor’s Rule without any floor test.
“It was done despite the fact that Congress, the PDP and the National Conference had come together to form the government. Why did the Governor not conduct a floor test in the Assembly. The exercise (of the Governor) was improper and the act was unconstitutional,” he said.
Bill Seeking Legalislation of Online Gaming Introduced
The Sports (Online Gaming and Prevention of Fraud) Bill, 2018, which criminalises acts of sports fraud and legalises online sports gaming activities was introduced in Parliament on Friday, 28 December.
Bill Seeking Amendment to Disaster Management Bill Introduced
The Disaster Management (Amendment) Bill 2018 for establishing a ‘National Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Fund’ to meet the expenses for post disaster rehabilitation and reconstruction was also introduced in Lok Sabha on Friday, 28 December.
Bills on Women’s Sexual Rights Introduced
The Women’s Sexual, Reproductive and Menstrual Rights Bill, 2018, was also introduced in Parliament on Friday, 28 December. It criminalises marital rape and cites that a woman’s right to terminate pregnancy should be only restricted to avoid female foeticide and when a foetus gains the right to life after it becomes viable. In all other circumstances, including when the foetus or the pregnant woman has any injury or threat to life, or when a woman is a rape survivor or has a disability, she should have the right to terminate her pregnancy.
It also mandates public authorities and schools to provide sanitary napkins in washrooms, free of cost.
Opposition to Meet on 31 December to Discuss the Triple Talaq Bill
Opposition parties will meet in Parliament on Monday, 31 December, to discuss the Triple Talaq Bill.
The Lok Sabha passed the bill on Thursday, 27 December, with 245 voting in its favour and 11 opposing the legislation. Most opposition parties, including Congress and the AIADMK, staged a walkout.
Bill on Freedom of Literature Introduced in Parliament
On the second last functional day of 2018, Parliament saw introduction of The Freedom of Literature Bill, 2018.
This bill aims at removing the anti-blasphemy law (S. 295A & 298 of the Indian Penal Code) and removes the criminalisation of spreading ‘prurient literature.’ It also substantially curbs the power of the government to ban books.
Centre Committed to Democratic Process in J&K: Rajnath
As the Opposition slammed the decision to impose President’s Rule in Jammu and Kashmir, Home Minister Rajnath Singh told Lok Sabha on Friday said that no party was in a position to form government in the state and asserted that the Centre is “ready” for an Assembly election.
He also rejected claims by the Opposition that the BJP was propping up a regional party to form a government, saying that if his party had such an intention, it would have done so within six months of the Governor’s Rule.
“The government doesn’t conduct elections but the government is ready for the election. It is the responsibility of the Election Commission to hold elections… we are totally committed to the democratic process,” Singh told the lower house while replying to the Statutory Resolution on imposition of President’s Rule in Jammu and Kashmir.
The resolution was adopted by a voice vote.
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