This bill was defeated in the Rajya Sabha in the monsoon session and the government had to bring a fresh bill.
While The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill was stuck in the Rajya Sabha, The Constitution (One Hundred and Twenty-third Amendment) Bill, 2017, which proposes constitutional status for the OBC commission, could not be passed in the Lok Sabha.
Both houses of Parliament adjourns sine die ending the winter session.
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Lastly, and this is where there is a case for the Government to apply its legal mind before it reintroduces the Bill, there's an objection to making triple talaq a cognisable offence to the extent that it would mean anyone and not just the aggrieved party can lodge a complaint.
Apart from Congress, other opposition parties like AIADMK, Trinamool and several BJP-allies are in favour of sending the bill to the select committee for changes. Even the reference of the Bill to a select committee can only aid the BJP attempt to burnish its reformist credentials. Neither the Government nor the Opposition backed off from their respective demands - the former pressing to get the Bill cleared by the Upper House, the insisting it be referred to a select committee. We can only commend the ruling party for striking a blow for the long-suffering Muslim women. They are not thinking about ensuring justice to the Muslim sisters. "I also want to point out that many of those who disrupted [Rajya Sabha] yesterday are not even members of this House and are here by virtue of being ministers", quoted Agrawal. Deputy chairman P J Kurien adjourned the house amid bedlam as the government and the opposition couldn't come to a consensus on the contentious bill. It had, however, said it might be open to accepting some of the amendments to the bill, as suggested by the Opposition.
Importantly, the ongoing winter session of the Parliament also concludes today. The Board has said that the definition of the word "talaq" in the bill takes into account all forms of divorce over and above instant triple talaq, thus criminalising all forms.