At a time when the issue of triple talaq is at its peak, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday batted for equal womenâ€™s rights in the Muslim community and said he favoured discontinuation of 'triple talaq'.
Addressing a gathering in Bundelkhand, the Prime Minister said it was for this reason that his government has told the Supreme Court that inequality cannot be allowed in the name of religion.
Modi also said that justice demands that the government works as per the Constitution and provides gender justice for everyone.
He also lashed out at political parties, who he alleged were worried about their vote banks rather than bringing about gender equality. "How can a system wherein our sisters are divorced just by uttering divorce three times over phone be accepted," he mused.
He added that this issue should not be seen through the prism of a community and rather with the good intention of bringing about equality for all.
In its response on September 2, the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) had defended both polygamy and triple talaq saying that courts have no jurisdiction to examine the issue as it relates to their religion based on the Quran and Sharia law.
On October 7, the Union government told the Supreme Court that 'triple talaq', 'nikaah halaal' and polygamy as practised by the Muslims in India were not â€śintegral to the practices of Islam or essential religious practicesâ€ť.
In its affidavit, the government argued, â€śThe fact that Muslim countries where Islam is the state religion have undergone extensive reforms goes to establish that the practise in question cannot be regarded as integral to the practices of Islam or essential religious practices.â€ť
"It is noteworthy that even theocratic states have undergone reforms in this area of the law and therefore in a secular republic like India, there is no reason to deny women the right available under the constitution," it said in its response to top court's September 5 order asking it spell out its position on the right of Muslim women in matrimonial matters relating to divorce and maintenance, including triple talaq.