NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed party workers in Madhya Pradesh, highlighting the BJP's "Mera Booth Sabse Majboot" campaign and raising questions about the practice of triple talaq in Islam. He pointed out that if triple talaq was an integral part of Islam, why is it not practiced in Muslim-majority nations like Egypt, Indonesia, Qatar, Jordan, Syria, Bangladesh, and Pakistan. Emphasizing the importance of a Uniform Civil Code, a long-standing goal of the BJP, the Prime Minister expressed his concern about having different rules for different communities and the challenges it poses for the functioning of a country.
PM Modi emphasized that advocating for triple talaq only serves as a means to secure a vote bank and unjustly affects Muslim daughters. He argued that the negative consequences of triple talaq extend beyond women and result in the destruction of entire families. The Prime Minister expressed empathy for the parents and brothers of the affected women, highlighting the pain and concern they experience when their daughters or sisters are subjected to triple talaq after being married off with hope for a better life.
He criticized those who oppose the implementation of a Uniform Civil Code, suggesting that they manipulate certain sections of society for personal gain. PM Modi called upon Indian Muslims to identify the political parties that exploit and harm their interests, highlighting that the Indian Constitution guarantees equal rights for all citizens. He also mentioned that the Supreme Court has urged the implementation of a Uniform Civil Code.
The Prime Minister further criticized those who accuse the BJP, asserting that if they genuinely cared for the welfare of Muslims, the community would not face educational and employment disparities or struggle with difficult living conditions.
PM Modi mentioned the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Act, which criminalizes the practice of instant triple talaq and can lead to imprisonment of up to three years. The Supreme Court has clarified that anticipatory bail can be granted in such cases, provided the court hears the woman who files the complaint before granting pre-arrest bail.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi calls for the implementation of a Uniform Civil Code in India, stressing on the non-practice of triple talaq in Muslim-majority nations. He emphasized the need for equal rights for all citizens and criticized those who exploit religious sentiments for political gains.