Prime Minister Narendra Modi on October 24 finally broke his silence on Triple Talaq issue and asked people not to politicise it.
While addressing the “Maha Parivartan Rally” in Bundelkhand, Uttar Pradesh, PM Modi also called female foeticide as a sin and said one should not look at religion while looking at these matters.
“Female foeticide 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.”
He then went on to talk about the topic of Triple Talaq and said that the practice also destroys a women’s life.
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“Now the issue of talaq has come up. Just like if any Hindu commits female foeticide 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.”
He further urged TV news channels to not turn triple talaq into an Hindu-Muslim or into a political issue where its BJP versus other parties.
He then went on to add that in their submission to the Supreme Court, the central government had clearly stated that they don’t support any atrocity on women and that 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 then concluded by asking the media to not turn this into a matter between the government and the opposition, or a matter between Hindus and Muslims.
“When you do TV debate do not turn it into Hindu-Muslim issues. Debate should be between those who want change in Muslim society and those who do not want 125 crore Indians to know what is the issue.”