The bill was passed after the heat debate. Earlier, the opposition Congress and All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) staged a walkout before the voting after The two parties through their floor leaders, Mallikarjuna Kharge and P. Venugopal of the AIADMK opposing the Bill. During the debate they asked the bill to be referred to a Joint Select Committee for consideration. However, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad asked members to pass the Bill citing humanitarian considerations with regard to Muslim women suffering under triple talaq.
The Bill to make the practice of triple talaq among Muslims a penal offence was introduced in the Lok Sabha on December 17 to replace an ordinance issued in September. Under the proposed law, giving instant triple talaq will be illegal and void, and will attract a jail term of three years for the husband. The fresh bill is proposed to supersede an earlier bill passed in the Lok Sabha and pending in the Rajya Sabha.
In the face of strong objections by the opposition, led by leader of the Congress legislative party in the Lok Sabha, Mallikarjuna Kharge, Mr. Prasad in his reply said as many as 477 cases of triple talaq have been reported since January 2017 with over 200 coming after the Supreme Court verdict declaring Talaq-e-Bidat as void. He explained the penal provision in the Bill as a deterrent, stating, “deterrent is also important while combating a crime.”