Tuesday, October 25th, 2016

Triple talaq has ruined lives of Muslim women: Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Mini Banerjee | October 25, 2016 6:55 pm Print
"Is it fair for a man to say "talaq" thrice over the phone and divorce his wife? Has ever anyone given a thought about that lady whose life is ruined?" he asked while addressing a public rally in Mahoba (UP) on Monday.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi : On the Triple Talaq debate

Joining the debate on Triple talaq Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that this system of divorce has ruined the lives of Muslim women and parties should not politicize this issue for the sake of votes as it concerns the dignity of women.

“Is it fair for a man to say “talaq” thrice over the phone and divorce his wife? Has ever anyone given a thought about that lady whose life is ruined?” he asked while addressing a public rally in Mahoba (UP) on Monday.

He said it is not a matter of Hindu and Muslim; rather, it is matter of dignity of women. “Please don’t make triple talaq a political matter. I am surprised that for votes some parties want to keep Muslim women bereft of their fundamental rights,” he said.

Calling this as a development issue, he said: “I request people who participate in TV debates, not to give women rights a Muslim-Hindu orientation. The debate should be between Muslims experts who want reforms and those who do not. There should be a transparent debate to clearly identify the proponents and supporters of triple talaq.

“It is the responsibility of the government and people of the country to give justice to Muslim women under Constitution. Look at this issue from the eye of a woman who was divorced on a telephone,” he said.

In the same breath, the Prime Minister talked about the prevalence of female foeticide among Hindus. ”Anyone killing a girl child before birth would go to jail. Government’s Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao initiative is yielding good results. ‘We are also committed to filling the gender gap, too,” Modi said.

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