Advising leaders of the nation to stop politicising the triple talaq issue which is currently under sub-judice, Union Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu on Monday said there should be no link of it to elections.
“Triple talaq is not electorate issue and should not be linked with elections and one particular religion. There is a stated stand of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) from the beginning and the government will present its view, when the matter comes up before the Supreme Court,” Naidu.
Naidu further said that the matter of triple talaq is a question of equal rights to all irrespective of caste, creed, sex and religion.
“There should not be any discrimination, harassment and injustice to any section of the people and more particularly women. We just want that every woman should get equal right and respect. Be it Muslim, Hindu or Christian women we don’t want anyone to get exploited,” he added.
Vote bank politics
Meanwhile, terming central government’s stand to ban triple talaq a vote bank politics, a Muslim cleric on Monday said the leaders are politicising the issue to woo the voters ahead of the elections.
“The matter of triple talaq is sub-judice and thus no one can take law into his/her hand. Why leaders are politicising the issue. The matter is being raised by the politicians at a time when elections are around the corner and this clearly shows that this is mere a vote bank politics. They are just trying to woo voters in the name of triple talaq,” said Muslim cleric Hina Zaheer.
Vowing to ban triple talaq after the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections, Union Minister for Law and Justice Ravi Shankar Prasad yesterday said that triple talaq is a major issue in the state, adding that it is a practice that is still harassing women even after 70 years of freedom.
Several women have filed a petition before the Supreme Court seeking the quashing of the triple talaq practice.
The Central Government has also told the top court that it is against gender injustice and for equality between men and women under the Constitution