With the custom of triple talaq now being banned in India by law, leaders, celebrities, and commoners from all walks of life are coming together to hail the decision made by the apex court of India. Terming this decision as a step towards strengthening women’s rights in India, numerous celebrities took to their official social media accounts to congratulate the entire country. A series of them was by none other than ex-Punjab governor, and husband of India’s external affairs minister, Sushma Swaraj, Swaraj Kaushal.
Noted for his dignified take on contemporary issues, Swaraj Kaushal quoted Meena Kumari in one of his tweets to present the repercussion the custom had on the women. The quoted line was spoken by the legendary actress in front of her husband Kamaal Amrohi after being given triple talaq:
Talaaq to de rahe ho nazar-e-kehar ke saath, Jawani bhi meri lauta do mehar ke saath.
Needless to say, Kaushal’s quote went viral on the social media platform within minutes, with most of the people agreeing to what he wanted to convey through his tweet:
Teen talaq is an islamic manly scapegoat to intimidate his wife if she tries to save her fundamental rights of sex at their mutual consents.
— Pro Sanjay Chaudhařy (@ChaudharyPro) August 22, 2017
Could not have put it more elegantly…bravo!
— Evaluator Speculator (@MarwarWarrior) August 22, 2017
And ultimately Kamal Amrohi realized his fault and finally laid to rest besides Meena Kumari’s grave !!!
— anand (@raj_karoge) August 22, 2017
A Twitter user even presented an excerpt of what the legendary actress had to go through after triple talaq was imposed on her:
The real story behind this dialogue pic.twitter.com/7pcNgAdjUu
— HMP Zindabad (@IronyHumour) August 22, 2017
However, there were some people who were not in favor of what Kaushal had tweeted with one of them even lashing out at the ex-governor for the same:
Please check the fast before opening ur mouth like a garbage bin. Both were Shia Muslim and they don’t believe in triple talak. Nonsense.
Replying in a dignified manner, Swaraj advised the person to watch the well-made documentary on Meena Kumari:
Raza Sahib – Here is a well-researched documentary on Meena Kumari. You should like this.
You may watch the video that Swaraj Kaushal was talking about here.
Among other politicians to have welcomed this decision with open arms was Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister, Shivraj Singh Chouhan. Hailing the decision as an important step towards women’s liberation in India, the minister said:
We welcome the Supreme Court verdict on triple talaq and urge the central government to enact a law soon. Traditions like Triple Talaq are like mental and social harassment of our sisters and daughters and are an impediment in the progress of modern Indian society.
Not just leaders of the ruling party, politicians from opposition parties, like Congress’ Salman Khurshid, also welcomed this decision saying, “It is a good decision”.