A group of Muslim women lawyers and activists came together to demand an action for repeal of triple talaq from Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday.
They claimed women across India - in Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan, etc - were pained by the practice, and local courts and police officers are also not sympathetic to their woes. They said lack of education and respect for women was harming them and the government must address this issue appropriately.
The programme - replete with placards supporting the PM with slogans 'sabka saath, sabka vikas', 'beti bachao, beti padhao' and 'Muslim behnon ne mana hai, Modi ji ka saath nibhana hai' - was held at the Vithal Bhai Patel House in New Delhi.
"Muslims have realised that BJP is not against them. That is the reason the party received their votes in Uttar Pradesh, from both Muslim men and women. Just look at the candidates Akhilesh Yadav and Mayawati fielded. They have clear criminal cases against them," said Shehnaz Afzal, a resident of Kashmere Gate.
"More so, Mulayam Singh Yadav says 'bachchon se aisi galtiyan ho jati hain' (boys commit such mistakes) when rapes happen," she added.
Another participant, Rehmani, said, "Triple talaq is a black spot on our community. Men divorce women by uttering the three words using excuses like 'she is too short,' 'she is not beautiful,' 'she doesn't cook good food,' and such. Are these valid reasons for divorcing a woman who you married willingly and in your full senses?"
Nobody listens to these women thereafter, said Fatma Begum rom Nangloi, adding, "Families abandon them. They are left with no financial means to raise kids and they are also scared away at local police stations."
Saima Nizami felt that Muslim women are leading dark lives.
She said, "Nobody bothers about their education, especially if they are from economically weak backgrounds. We have been working in groups to impart them training in various skills, educate them on health and sanitation, and take classes on personality development."
On Friday, RSS-affiliated body Muslim Rashtriya Manch (MRM) claimed that it has already received one million signatures on its petition against triple talaq.
Union Minister for Law and Justice Ravi Shankar Prasad also said at the Gujarat National Law University on Saturday that "Muslim women affected by triple talaq voted for the BJP in good numbers" during the recent Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections, leading to their massive win.