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I won't remain silent on triple talaq: PM Modi

ANI  |  Dhandhuka (Gujarat) [India] 

Prime Minister Modi on Wednesday said he would not remain silent on the triple talaq issue due to any compulsions.

Addressing a rally here, the Prime Minister said, "When the triple talaq matter was in the Supreme Court, the had to put their affidavit. Newspapers commented that Modi will remain silent because of polls. People told me not to speak on the matter else there will be losses in elections."

He further added that he would not remain silent on triple talaq as the issue is for the rights of women.

"I am clear that on triple talaq; I will not be silent. Everything is not about elections. This issue is for the rights of women. Elections come later humanity comes first," said Prime Minister Modi.

Triple Talaq, also known as talaq-e-biddat,( instant divorce) and talaq-e-mughallazah (irrevocable divorce), is a form of Islamic divorce which has been used by Muslims.

It allows any Muslim man to legally divorce his wife by stating the word talaq (the Arabic word for 'divorce') three times in oral, written, or more recently electronic form.

On August 22, 2017, the Supreme deemed instant triple talaq (talaq-e-biddah) unconstitutional.

Three of the five judges in the panel concurred that the practice of triple talaq is unconstitutional.

The remaining two declared the practice to be constitutional while simultaneously asking the to ban the practice by enacting a law.

Prime Minister Modi led Democratic Alliance (NDA) constituted an inter-ministerial committee headed by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and it prepared the draft bill 'Muslim Women Protection of Rights on Marriage Bill'.

It makes instant triple talaq a cognisable and non-bailable offence.

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First Published: Wed, December 06 2017. 15:45 IST