New Delhi: Uttar Pradesh’s BJP chief minister Adityanath said today he’s “surprised over the silence” on the triple talaq issue by “certain individuals”.
“I’m surprised over the silence over a burning issue of triple talaq by certain individuals,” he said today at an event to release a book on late politician Chandrashekhar, who was once India’s Prime Minister.
“Even Chandrashekhar was in favour of a common civil code,” the UP CM said, adding that everyone should speak out against oral talaq.
“Some people who are silent on the issue of triple talaq are equally guilty,” he said at the Lucknow event.
The Supreme Court (SC) is currently hearing a case on the constitutional validity of triple talaq, the Islamic practice some Muslims follow of divorcing their wife by saying the word ‘talaq’ three times.
The Centre and some NGOs, who are a party in the case in the SC, have submitted that triple talaq violates the right to gender equality. The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) and other clerics have argued that triple talaq has the sanction of the Quran, forms part of Muslim Personal Law, and therefore, falls squarely outside the purview of the judiciary. It also said declaring it unconstitutional is akin to “rewriting the Quran.”
“Those who give triple talaq without reasons prescribed by the Sharia (religious law) will face social boycott,” said the AIMPLB yesterday.
“There has been misunderstanding on this issue, we will issue a code of conduct on it,” it added. Adityanath also chose to touch on Kashmir – which has been wracked with violence lately – and said he agreed with Chandrashekhar that Kashmir must remain a part of India.
“Chandrashekhar had said that if Kashmir is separated, India will lose its belief,” Adityanath said at the book launch.