Addressing the rally in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday came out opposing the practice of triple talaq among Muslims. In the same breath he condemned the prevalence of female foeticide in the society. The debate on triple talaq has off-late drawn strong reactions from both the side of opinions.
“Female foeticide is a sin… Daughters, mothers, sisters should be protected. One should not consider religion. Mothers and sisters should be respected. We have raised the issue firmly,” he said.
“Now the issue of talaq has come up. Just like if any Hindu commits female foeticide he will have to go to jail, similarly what is the crime of my Muslim sisters that someone says talaq over phone and her life is destroyed,” the Prime Minister said addressing BJP’s Maha Parivartan rally in Bundelkhand.
Stressing it is not an issue of Hindu versus Muslim or BJP versus other parties, he said that in its submission to the Supreme Court, the central government had clearly stated that there should not be any atrocity on women and there should be no discrimination on the basis of religion.
“In democracy, there should be discussion. The government has put forward its position. Those who want to digress from triple talaq are instigating people…in the country, lives of Muslim women cannot be allowed to be ruined by triple talaq,” PM Modi said.
He also took a swipe at opposition political parties who have argued that the government, through the issue of triple talaq, is interfering in personal laws of the minority community.
“I am surprised that some political parties of the country in their lust for vote bank are hell-bent upon committing injustice to women in the 21st century. What kind of justice is this?,” PM said.
Urging there should be debate on the issue, he also asked the media to not turn the issue of triple talaq as a matter between the government and the opposition.
“The debate should be between knowledgeable persons from Muslim community knowing ‘Quran’. In Muslim community, knowledgeable and progressive people are there. There are educated Muslim women who can put their views forth,” PM Modi said.
“When you do TV debate, do not turn it into Hindu-Muslim issues. Debate should be between those who want change in Muslim society and those who do not want 125 crore Indians to know what is the issue,” the Prime Minister said addressing the rally.