Addressing a “Mahaparivarthan Rally” in Bundelkhand of poll bound Uttar Pradesh state, PM Narendra Modi spoke about various key issues regarding women. For the first time he raised the Triple Talaq topic which has been the talking point of the nation in recent days.
He first spoke about female foeticide prevalent in Hindu society,
“Female feticide is a sin. So what if the sinner is a Hindu. My government has taken a number of steps (to stop this practice). Daughters, mothers, sisters should be protected. One should not consider religion. Mothers and sisters should be respected. We have raised the issue firmly.”
And in the same breath he also spoke about triple talaq,
“Now the issue of talaq has come up. Just like if any Hindu commits female feticide he will have to go to jail, similarly what is the crime of my Muslim sisters that some one says talaq over phone and her life is destroyed,”
Further he urged the media to not turn this issue into Hindu versus Muslim. He said that the government is committed to prevent the atrocities against women and there should be no discrimination on the basis of religion.
“In democracy, there should be discussion. The government has put forward its position. Those who want to digress from triple talaq are instigating people…in the country, lives of Muslim women cannot be allowed to be ruined by triple talaq,” he said.
He said that there should be a debate between Muslims knowledgable in ‘Quran’. Educated, progressive Muslim women should come forward to put their views on this topic.
With inputs from PTI.