Govt: stand on triple talaq remains unchanged

ravi-shankar-prasadThe Narendra Modi government does not intend to review its “considered” observation on triple talaq, as reflected in an affidavit submitted in the Supreme Court last week.
“This is a well thought out and considered view of the government in pursuit of gender equality and dignity of women,” union law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad made it clear.
Amid growing unease within a section of Muslim religious bodies over government’s affidavit opposing triple talaq, Prasad said several Islamic countries have already regulated their matrimonial laws and the practice of triple talaq violates fundamental rights of women as enshrined in the Constitution.
“We have taken a position that if Islamic countries have regulated their matrimonial laws, which has not been found violative of the Sharia, how can the same argument be raised in a secular country like India.
“Countries such as Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Morocco, Tunisia, Turkey, Indonesia, Egypt, Iran and even Pakistan have regulated their laws much earlier. Agar wahan ho sakta hai to bharat mein kyon nahi (“If it can happen there, why can’t it happen in India,)” Prasad said.

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