The founder of the Haji Ali Sabke Liye movement, Feroze Mithiborwala, has praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his statement that the triple talaq issue should not be treated as a Hindu-Muslim matter, and added that this comment signals the emergence of a positive and liberal climate across the country.
Mithiborwala also lashed out at the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) for creating fear psychosis among Muslims on the issue of the Uniform Civil Code.
“Even in this political ambit, the Prime Minister has chosen to speak on it, it’s a welcome sign. The point being that we have been trying to say this forefront, that do not communalise or politicise the issue, focus on the issue of gender rights, Muslim women, issue of reform within Muslim personal law, the issue of triple talaq, halala and polygamy are now today in SC,” Mithiborwala told ANI.
“So, if a positive climate is created in this country, the liberal and secular within the Muslim community will find it easier to take the message across the community,” he added.
Addressing a rally in Mahoba, Uttar Pradesh, Prime Minister Modi criticised political leaders and people on the TV debates saying such discussions on triple talaq would keep women “deprived of their rights”.
“I request people who participate in TV debates to not make women rights a Hindu- Muslim issue. It is a development issue. The debate should be between the Muslims who are pro and anti-reforms,” he said. He also said that justice would be given to Muslim women under the Constitution.