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Don’t politicise triple talaq: PM Modi

"The debate should be between Muslims who want reforms and those who do not want reforms," he added.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi

In his rally address in highly politicized Uttar Pradesh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said the government could not allow lives of Muslim women to be destroyed by triple talaq.

PM Modi was speaking at a rally in Mahoba district in the impoverished Bundelkhand region of Uttar Pradesh where amidst raging debates on Triple Talaq, he claimed that it is government’s responsibility along with people of the country to ensure justice to Muslim women under the constitution.

“The debate should be between Muslims who want reforms and those who do not want reforms,” he added.

Claiming his surprise on the parties which used this issue for their vote bank politics, and wanted to keep Muslim women bereft of their natural rights, he questioned, “Is it fair for a man to say “talaq” thrice over the phone and a Muslim woman’s life to be ruined?”

“I request people who participate in TV debates not to make women rights into Muslim-Hindu issue. Women’s right is a development issue. Let’s take proper measures to give equal rights to women as well,” Prime Minister said asking people not to politicize the issue.

This comes a day after AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of “converting the triple talaq issue into a political tool” ahead of assembly elections in some states.

“Around 7.36 crore Muslims are married in the country and they have not divorced. Hardly one per cent of Muslims have gone for ‘talaq’. But, (Narendra) Modi is making this a tool in his ‘Mann ki Baat’ for political gains in view of the forthcoming elections,” Owaisi said in a public meeting at Kausa in Mumbra township.

In a historic move, the Centre had opposed the practise of triple talaq, ‘nikah halala’ and polygamy among Muslims in the Supreme Court and favoured a re-look on the grounds of gender equality and secularism on October 7.

According to the reports, in an affidavit of the Ministry of Law and Justice it referred to constitutional principles such as gender equality, secularism, international covenants, religious practices and marital law prevalent in various Islamic countries to drive home the point that the practice of triple talaq and polygamy needed to be adjudicated upon afresh by the apex court.

This was seen as a significant move in the light of Supreme Court’s latest order where it said Supreme Court would prefer a wider debate, in public as well as in court, before taking a decision on the constitutional validity of ‘triple talaq’, which many complain is abused by Muslim men to arbitrarily divorce their wives.

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