The controversial issues of ‘triple talaq’ and religious violence featured in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Independence Day speech.
PM Modi hailed the women fighting the practice of ‘triple talaq’.
“I pay my regards to the women who had to lead a pitiable life due to ‘triple talaq’ and have started a movement which has created an environment in the entire country against the practice,” Modi said.
The prime minister also said that the entire country was with them in their endeavour to get their rights.
In the past, the Centre has said that it is against the practice of triple talaq. The matter is being adjudicated by a constitution bench of the Supreme Court.
The Prime Minister also warned that violence in the name of faith was “not acceptable”.
In the past too, the Prime Minister has denounced mob lynchings and cow vigilantes.
“Violence in the name of faith is not acceptable in the country,” Modi said from the ramparts of the Red Fort.
He described casteism and communalism as “poison” for the country.
Underlining that India is the land of Mahatma Gandhi and Lord Buddha, the PM said the culture of the country was to take everyone along on the path of development.
“Therefore, violence cannot be emphasised in the name of faith,” he said.
Pitching for harmony and peace, the Prime Minister said “Bharat Jodo” (connect India) should be the slogan like “Bharat chhodo” (Quit India) was during the freedom struggle.
(With inputs from PTI)