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Practice of triple talaq causing harm to women: Venkaiah Naidu

Triple talaq is not in the interest of women, it should end said Naidu

Press Trust of India  |  Kochi 

Venkaiah Naidu
Venkaiah Naidu

Amid the raging debate in the country over the 'triple talaq' issue, Union Minister on Tuessay said the practice should end as it is causing harm to women.

The Urban Development Minister said the Law Commission and the Supreme Court had sought public opinion and discussion on the practise.

"The Government of India, after discussion, has given its opinion that is not in the interest of women. It should end," said Naidu, who is also the Minister for Information and Broadcasting, said.

"That is the opinion of Government of And we have no inhibition on that. We are very clear that this practise is causing harm to the women," Naidu told reporters here.

His statement assumes significance in wake of several Muslim organisations and leaders, including Members of All Muslim Personal Law Board, stressing that the "Sharia law cannot be changed".

Suggesting the Central government to hold a referendum on the issue of triple talaq, All Muslim Personal Law Board had recently claimed that 90 per cent Muslim women support the Sharia Law.

On October 7, the Centre had opposed in the Supreme Court the practise of triple talaq, 'nikah halala' and polygamy among Muslims and favoured a relook on grounds like gender equality and secularism.

The Ministry of Law and Justice, in its affidavit, referred to constitutional principles like gender equality, secularism, international covenants, religious practises and marital law prevalent in various Islamic countries to drive home the point that the practise of and polygamy needed to be adjudicated upon afresh by the apex court.

First Published: Tue, October 18 2016. 13:42 IST