The issue of ‘Triple Talaq’ has the political arena divided. While Finance Minister Arun Jaitley maintains that personal laws should be constitutionally compliant and in conformity with norms of gender equality and the right to live with dignity, Baba Ramdev in a conversation with ANI said that Triple Talaq is against women and Muslim clerics should understand this.
“Muslim clerics should consider that this (Triple Talaq) is against women, humanity; they should do justice, ” said Baba Ramdev.
In its affidavit in Supreme Court on October 7, the Law Ministry argued that polygamy and Triple Talaq should be done away with, and said that such practices “cannot be regarded as essential or integral part of the religion.” Meanwhile, women leaders avoided direct comments on the Centre’s affidavit or sought to dissect it, they were strongly critical of the prevalent practice of dissolving marriage through ‘triple talaq’.
The AIMPLB and other Muslim bodies said they would boycott the Law Commission’s proceedings in the matter and accused the Modi government of waging a “war” against their personal laws. They also said a Uniform Civil Code (UCC) will “kill” India’s pluralism.
On Saturday, in order to up the ante over the debate, imams from National Capital Region said that Triple talaq is valid but its misuse should not be allowed as it will give government a chnace to “target” the practice. The imams alsi decided to collect signatures from community members, especially women, to send out message that they don’t have objections with the present personal laws.