Triple talaq row: Changing wives meant to satisfy lust, says UP minister Swami Prasad Maurya

Maurya said BJP stands with such victims to help them get respect.

Sparking a new controversy, Uttar Pradesh cabinet minister and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Swami Prasad Maurya has charged that Muslims use triple talaq to change wives and satisfy their "lust".

"These talaqs have no basis.... if someone only for satisfying his lust keeps changing his wives and forces his own wife and children on the streets to beg... no one will call this as right," Maurya said.

The BJP minister's comments come at a time when there is a raging debate over the issue of triple talaq.

"BJP stands with Muslim women who have been given talaq unreasonably and arbitrarily," Maurya, who was here to participate in a function at the house of a local BJP leader in Basti, told reporters last night.

Maurya said BJP stands with such victims to help them get respect.

Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged the Muslim community to ensure that the triple talaq issue was not "politicised", and hoped that intellectuals from the community would come forward to fight the practice.

All India Muslim Personal Law Board has said they will revoke the law within 18 months but they demand no interference from the government.

In the past, AIMPLB claimed that it received 3.50 crore forms from Muslim women who apparently supported Shariyar and triple talaq.

A five-judge constitution bench of the Supreme Court will start hearing petitions against triple talaq from May 11.

The court will hear pleas filed several Muslim women challenging the practice under which men can divorce their wives instantly by uttering the word talaq thrice.

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