PM Modi 'politicising' Triple Talaq himself: Congress

Bruno Cirelli
Mag 1, 2017

"I appeal to you not to view the triple talaq issue from a political perspective".

The Congress on Sunday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of politicising the triple talaq issue and urged the former not politicise such issues which can possibly divide the country.

Congress leader Mallikarjun Khadge said the PM remarks do not hold any significance as he made the statements eyeing upcoming Karnataka assembly polls.

Modi also said the youth of today were ignorant of the teachings of the Bhakti-era reformers. He requested people not to make it a political issue.

Speaking at an event in UP's Basti district on Friday, Maurya said that Muslim use triple Talaq as a tool to change wives and fulfill their sexual desire.

The government said the paradox is that Muslim women in India are more vulnerable in their social status because of the prevalence of such practices, even though they live in a secular country and that their position is weaker than women who live in theocratic societies or countries where Islam is the state religion.

JD (U) leader Sharad Yadav said Modi should not speak on such issues which are pending in the court.

Hyderabad MP and AIMIM Chief Asaduddin Owaisi had a day before asked Prime Minister Modi to get his abandoned and estranged wife back before talking about the rights of Muslim women.

"Those who give triple talaq without reasons prescribed by sharia will face social boycott", said the AIMLPB earlier this month.

BJP spokesperson Nalin Kohli, however, defended the prime minister, saying the Modi government is working for the dignity of every Indian.

The BJP minister's comments come at a time when there is a raging debate over the issue of triple talaq.

The fundamental issue is how to empower women, how to ensure gender equality.

The Supreme Court has referred the controversial triple-talaq case to a 5-judge constitutional bench and has posted the matter for hearing on 11 May. He said that when Muslim men keep changing their wives just for their pleasure and force their wife and children on the streets, such acts can not be classified as a right.

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