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History has repeated itself: Jaitley takes on Rahul over Triple Talaq withdrawal promise

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Citing former Rajiv Gandhi's decision to overturn the Supreme Court's judgment on Shah Bano case, on Friday said the Rahul Gandhi's electoral promise to withdraw the Triple Talaq Bill will be a repetition of history.

"The AICC and his coterie, while addressing a minority convention promised to withdraw the Bill pending in the Parliament, penalising Triple Talaq. History has repeated itself, neither as a satire nor as a tragedy. It has repeated itself with a mindset of cruelty," Jaitley wrote on his blog.

"The late committed a monumental mistake in legislatively overturning the Shah Bano judgment of the which guaranteed maintenance to all Muslim women. He allowed deserted women to be driven to poverty and destitution. Thirty-two years later his son has taken another retrograde step to drive them not merely into destitution but also to live a life which is an antithesis of human existence," he added.

His statement comes a day after assured that the party will scrap the Triple Talaq Bill if voted to power in the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections.

Dev said the Triple Talaq Bill is yet another tool of to put Muslim men behind the bars.

"Lately a was brought in and through this has created an atmosphere of confrontation between Muslim men and women," she said while addressing the AICC minority wing convention.

"A lot of people opined that if the Triple Talaq Bill is passed it will contribute to the empowerment of women. However, we opposed it because this is another tool by Prime Minister to put Muslim men behind the bars. I am proud that crores of Muslim women wrote letters and campaigned to oppose it. Congress opposed it in parliament and I promise you that Congress government will come in 2019 and we will scrap this law," she added.

On December 27, the Lok Sabha passed the Triple Talaq bill which makes the practice of giving instant divorce a criminal offence with a provision of three-year jail term for the erring husband.

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First Published: Fri, February 08 2019. 12:11 IST