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Criminalising instant talaq to help Muslims: Amit Shah

“Hindus, Christians and Jains are not going to benefit from it (triple talaq bill) because they never had to suffer due to it,” Shah said.

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Aug 19, 2019, 08.38 AM IST
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“But 19 countries, including our neighbours Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan, have banned this practice (triple talaq). How is our step to bring a law to stop it un-Islamic,” he asked
Union home minister Amit Shah on Sunday said criminalisation of triple talaq was meant for the benefit of Muslims. “Hindus, Christians and Jains are not going to benefit from it (triple talaq bill) because they never had to suffer due to it,” he said.

Addressing an event organised by Syama Prasad Mookerjee Research Foundation, Shah said the Modi government has been accused of interfering with personal laws and religion. “But 19 countries, including our neighbours Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan, have banned this practice. How is our step to bring a law to stop it un-Islamic,” he asked while speaking of the opposition that the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights of Marriage) Bill faced in Parliament. Terming triple talaq a “bad dream” for Muslim women, Shah said the new law is a way of bringing in gender justice. “This (the law) is Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s and my promise to Muslim women to nurture their hopes and aspirations,” he said to an audience that comprised BJP parliamentarians and members from the Muslim community.

The BJP leader said appeasement was the reason why the evil practice of triple talaq had continued for so long. “Vote-bank politics has caused loss to the nation in many ways. Triple talaq is one such example and vote-bank politics is the reason that the evil practice of triple talaq was allowed for so many years,” he said. The parties which had opposed the bill knew that it was a malpractice but did not have the courage to do anything about it, he said. “Triple talaq was a malpractice. There is no doubt about it in anybody’s mind. Some parties opposed the bill in Parliament but deep inside their heart they knew it was a malpractice that needed to end but they didn’t have the courage to do it,” the home minister said.

He also accused former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi of “bowing” to vote-bank politics and overturning the Supreme Court judgement in the Shah Bano case due to pressure from orthodox forces from within the Muslim community.

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