New Delhi, Dec 17: There were chaotic scenes witnessed in the Lok Sabha and hardly any proceeding could be there on Monday in pre-lunch session after there was uproar by the members of the opposition and the House had to be adjourned till 1400 hours after introduction of the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2018.

As the House reassembled after the first adjournment and washout of Question Hour, the speaker Sumitra Mahajan allowed the Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad to move for leave of the House to introduce the much talked about draft law - also called Triple Talaq Bill.

While the draft law was being introduced by Mr Prasad amid din, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor opposed the introduction of the Bill saying the government did not have the competence to pilot such a law as the matter relates to people's faith and religious practices. He made the allegation that the Bill was in "violation" of the Article 15 and 16 of the Constitution and was "misconceived".

Countering the Congress member's objections, Minister said that even the Supreme Court has said earlier that the practice of Triple Talaq was "unconstitutional" and the government move is only aimed at ensuring the 'welfare' of the minority community women.

"There were instances that Muslim women had to face the wrath of the practice on petty and whimsical reasons and there were cases when Talaq was even given to women on Whatsapp," Mr Prasad said,

He said the new law will give them protection and empower them.

Amid the din, the Bill was introduced by voice vote.

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