Jammu: The controversial bill that sought to
debar women in Jammu and Kashmir from their civil rights if
they marry a non-domicile was today dropped from the
Legislative Council after the government admitted a "technical
flaw" in introducing the proposed law.
Soon after the Question Hour, pandemonium broke out over
the issue following which Deputy Chairman S Amrinder Singh
announced that the Permanent Resident (Disqualification)
Certificate (PRC) Bill was being dropped.
Raising the matter, Ravinder Kumar Sharma (Congress) drew
the attention of the Chair towards the private member`s bill
which sought to take away the rights of a woman, who is a
domicile of the state, on marrying a non-resident. It was also
meant to apply on a woman if her marriage with a domicile man
Sharma said such a bill could only be introduced in the
state Assembly and added if a constitutional error has been
committed by introducing the bill, it should be rectified. He
was supported by several party members who stormed the well,
creating uproar which led to a brief adjournment.
Responding to their concerns, Revenue Minister Raman
Bhalla said he had already told the state Assembly that there
is a technical flaw in introducing the bill in the Council.
The bill was moved by Murtaza Khan (PDP).
"If materialised, it (the bill) will definitely have legal
consequences and affect the special rights enjoyed by women if
they choose to marry a non-resident. The bill, if passed,
shall definitely alter the definition of female permanent
resident of J and K," the Deputy Chairman said.
He said section 147 of the J and K constitution provides
"an amendment of the constitution may be initiated only by the
introduction of a bill for the purpose in the Assembly".
"Hence, I have come to the conclusion... that this bill
can only be introduced in the Legislative Assembly and this
bill is therefore treated as non-existent and hence dropped,"