Calling for the end of the Muslim practice of triple talaq, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath today equated it with the disrobing of Draupadi in Hindu epic Mahabharata.
"Some people who are silent on the issue of the triple talaq are equally guilty," the 44-year-old leader said. He added that the implementation of a common civil code in the country will remove triple talaq.
YOGI ECHOES MODI
Adityanath's statement marks the continuation of a pro-Muslim women pitch the BJP has been raising, using triple talaq as the cornerstone of that outreach. On Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said the BJP would focus on adding new socio-groups into its fold, especially the women and the poor among Muslims.
Dubbing triple talaq a "bad social practice", Modi said such things can be ended by social awakening but stressed that the Bharatiya Janata Party didn't want a conflict on this issue.
"As far as social justice is concerned, our Muslim sisters should also get justice. There should not be injustice to them. No one should be exploited," Union Minister Nitin Gadkari d Modi as saying.
Modi added: "We should not allow conflict in the society. We don't want any conflict in Muslim society over the issue. We need to end such bad practices by awakening the society."
Modi's observation came at his concluding remarks of the two-day BJP National Executive meeting in Odisha.
The Narendra Modi government had on October 7 last year opposed in the Supreme Court the triple talaq mode of divorce, 'nikah halala' and the practice of polygamy among Muslims and favoured a relook on grounds like gender equality and secularism.
THE MUSLIM BOARD STAND
Meanwhile, the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) asserted that Muslims have the "constitutional" right to follow their personal law and said that those who are using triple talaq recklessly and without justification should be made to face social boycott.
"A code of conduct for talaq is being issued. With its help, the real picture of Sharia directives will be brought out on the talaq issue. If talaq is given without Sharia reasons, those involved will be socially boycotted," AIMPLB General Secretary Maulana Wali Rehmani said on Sunday.