"My government will bring an end to this archaic law," he added.

Dont politicise triple talaq PM Modi urges Muslims
news News Saturday, April 29, 2017 - 15:02

Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged people from the Muslim community on Saturday, not to "politicise" the triple talaq issue and requested them to come forward and find a "solution".

"I urge the people of Muslim community to not politicise the issue of triple talaq," Modi said while speaking on the occasion of Basava Jayanti.

"I request them to come forward and find a solution," the Prime Minister said.

Modi also said that he would fight against the sufferings of the Muslim daughters in the country. "My government will bring an end to this archaic law," he added.

Earlier in April, the Prime Minister had raised the triple talaq issue during the national executive meeting of his party in Bhubaneswar. 

Earlier this month, the Centre also told the Supreme Court that Triple talaq, 'nikah halala' and polygamy violate Muslim women's right to equality and dignity and are not protected by the right to profess, practise and propagate religion under Article 25(1) of the Constitution.

Describing triple talaq, 'nikah halala' and polygamy as "patriarchal values and traditional notions about the role of women in society", the Centre said these were "an impediment to the goal of achieving social democracy" and contrary to the country's obligations under international treaties and covenants.

"The right of a woman to human dignity, social esteem and self-worth are vital facets of her Right to Life under Article 21," the Centre has said.

The Centre said the pivotal issue that needed to be addressed was whether under a secular Constitution women -- merely because of their religious identity -- could be relegated to a status significantly more vulnerable than their counterparts who profess any other faith, namely Hindus, Christians, Zoroastrians, Buddhists, Sikhs, Jains, etc.

Pointing out that gender justice was a constitutional goal of overwhelming importance and magnitude, the Union government said the Fundamental Right to Equality takes within its fold, equality of status and the gender equality, gender equity and gender justice are values intrinsically entwined in guarantee of equality under Article 14.

Referring to reforms by several Islamic countries, including those having overwhelming Muslim populations, the Centre said Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Morocco, Tunisia, Turkey, Indonesia, Egypt and Iran have undertaken significant reforms and the practices of instant triple talaq or automatic polygamy at will, is not permitted in most of these countries.

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.

 

IANS inputs

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