New Delhi, February 20: Law and Justice Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Sunday straight away demanded all other political parties such as Congress, Samajwadi Party (SP) and Bahujan Samajwadi Party (BSP) must clarify their stand on the issue of ‘Triple Talaq’. He further stated that ‘Triple Talaq’ is the hurtful social practice that has been banned or restricted in many Islamic countries.
While speaking at the press conference, Minister Prasad further said that there has been a lot of controversy over the stand of the BJP and the Modi government on the ‘Triple Talaq’ issue now other political parties also should clarify their claim over this. Minister Prasad further stated that the debate over Triple Talaq was not initiated by BJP or Modi government but a large number of women belonging to the minority community had moved the Supreme Court in protest against this practice.
The reason behind government’s move against Triple Talaq was in the public interest. The affidavit filed by the government is only on the behalf of issues that are related to women's right to gender justice, dignity and equality. "We had also submitted that the right to freedom of religion granted by the Constitution does not mean allowing a pernicious social practice," he said. “The practice of untouchability is ultra vires the Constitution. A Hindu holding a religious function cannot insist on following the inhuman practice in the name of old-age traditions,” Minister Prasad added.
Minister Prasad further asked that “Do our detractors realise that triple talaq has been banned or restricted in at least 20 Islamic countries, including the extremely conservative ones like Pakistan and Afghanistan.”
Minister Prasad further claimed that BSP, SP, Congress are quiet on this very critical issue because of Assembly elections. They are just trying to gain political mileage over this issue and are afraid to speak on this issue because they are afraid to lose elections. "At a time when assembly elections are underway in UP, which has a large Muslim population, we would demand that leaders like Rahul Gandhi, Akhilesh Yadav and Mayawati come clean on the issue. They must tell the people what stand do the Congress, SP and BSP have over this matter," Minister Prasad repeated in the end.
Interestingly, BSP, SP and Congress has not given any reaction to this and are still quiet. Earlier, Allahabad High Court termed triple talaq as an unconstitutional practice because of the violation of the rights of Muslim women. Also, the government of India has asked all the political parties to not to politicize this issue and also urged not to capitalize this into votes.
Notably, Triple talaq refers to a Muslim man's Islamic right to divorce his wife by a mere unequivocal statement of the word 'talaq', repeated thrice in one go. A number of Muslim women and organizations have moved various courts across India challenging the validity of 'triple talaq'.