The Lok Sabha on Thursday passed the most contentious bill that criminalizes instant triple talaq which is prominent in Muslim community across India, and makes it punishable by up to three years imprisonment for the male counterpart.

But as usual Congress made it hard for Modi government and wanted it to be scrutinized by the Standing Committee of Parliament, a demand that was rejected by the chair.

The Lok Sabha passed the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill by voice vote after rejecting a string of amendments moved by opposition members.

The Rashtriya Janata Dal and Samajwadi Party also backed the demand of referring the bill to the Standing Committee.

The bill will now be sent to the Rajya Sabha for passage before it is forwarded to the President for signing it into law.

Given the Congress’s stated support, the bill is likely to be passed by the Rajya Sabha, where the government lacks majority.

However, the main opposition party may again insist on referring the legislation to the Standing Committee.