Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Thursday hit out at West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee over her ambiguous stance on the issue of triple talaq. Visiting the state as part of the BJP's massive outreach programme in Bengal, Prasad questioned the Trinamool Congress chief over her silence on the issue.
"Mamata ji, what is your stand on triple talaq?" Prasad said, seeking a clear stand on the issue from the Trinamool Congress supremo. Interacting with journalists in Hooghly district, Prasad attacked Mamata, saying, "Despite being the elected chief minister who speaks of justice for women, why is your state Bengal second in terms of the number of victims of triple talaq misuse, only after UP?"
The union minister said that several Islamic nations had regulated the practice as it was unjust and highly discriminatory. "If Muslim countries can regulate triple talaq stating that in doing so there won't be any violation of sharia, then why raise objections here", he asked.
TRIPLE TALAQ NOT RELATED TO ANY RELIGIOUS PRACTICE: PRASAD
Prasad said that the BJP was very clear about the issue and reminded how the central government had already filed an affidavit before the Supreme Court making its stance clear. "Triple talaq has nothing to do with any religious practice. It is about gender justice, gender equality and dignity. How can a large section of women in India be discriminated against in such a way even 70 years after independence. So let me ask Mamata ji, what does she think about the demand for justice of such victims?" he said.
While Mamata has maintained a stoic silence on the matter so far, several Trinamool Congress leaders have openly spoken out against efforts to ban triple talaq. While participating in a rally organised by the Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind, West Bengal ministers Firhad Hakim and Partha Chatterjee had backed the Jamiat's call to reject Centre's efforts to abolish triple talaq.