Practice of triple talaq causing harm to women: Venkaiah Naidu
Naidu said that the government is very clear that the practice of ‘triple talaq’ is not in the interest of women.india Updated: Oct 18, 2016 15:50 IST
Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu said on Tuesday the practice of ‘triple talaq’ should end as it is causing harm to women.
The urban development minister said the Law Commission and the Supreme Court had sought public opinion and discussion on the practise.
“The government of India, after discussion, has given its opinion that triple talaq is not in the interest of women. It should end,” said Naidu.
“That is the opinion of government of India. And we have no inhibition on that. We are very clear that this practise is causing harm to the women,” Naidu told reporters.
His statement assumes significance in wake of several Muslim organisations and leaders, including members of All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB), stressing that the “Sharia law cannot be changed”.
Suggesting the central government to hold a referendum on the issue of triple talaq, AIMPLB member Zafaryab Jilani had recently claimed that 90% Muslim women support the Sharia law.
On October 7, the Centre had opposed in the Supreme Court the practise of triple talaq, ‘nikah halala’ and polygamy among Muslims and favoured a relook on grounds like gender equality and secularism.
The ministry of law and justice, in its affidavit, referred to constitutional principles like gender equality, secularism, international covenants, religious practises and marital law prevalent in various Islamic countries to drive home the point that the practise of triple talaq and polygamy needed to be adjudicated upon afresh by the apex court.
First Published: Oct 18, 2016 15:50 IST