PM Narendra Modi on Monday broke his silence over the issue of ‘Triple Talaq’. He said that the issue is not political but about equal rights for women. Modi, while addressing a rally in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh’s Mahoba, appealed for not making the issue political. “Don’t make the issue of triple talaq political, it’s about providing equal rights to women,” Modi said. “I am surprised that for vote bank politics, some parties want to keep Muslim women bereft of their natural rights. I request people who participate in TV debates don’t make women rights into Muslim-Hindu issue.” he added. This is the first time PM has made a public comment on the raging issue. Opposition leaders, along with Muslim pressure groups, have accused Modi-led central government of ostensibly attempting to bring Uniform Civil Code in the country.
However, BJP leaders have always refuted the charges by justifying the move as a step towards women empowerment. On Sunday, AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi accused PM Modi of “converting the triple talaq issue into a political tool” ahead of the Assembly elections in some states, apparently Uttar Pradesh. Owaisi argued that large population of Muslims is married in the country and they have not divorced. He said that hardly one per cent of Muslims have gone for ‘talaq’. “(Narendra) Modi is making this a tool in his ‘Mann ki Baat’ for political gains in view of the forthcoming elections,” Owaisi had said.