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Centre firmly behind victims of triple talaq: Prasad

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The Centre was firmly behind the victims of triple talaq, Union Minister said here today.

He added that while respected freedom of religion and faith, "discriminatory" practices could not be held an integral part of it and protected.

Prasad cited the practice of untouchability to assert that religious practices needed to be in accordance with the Constitutional values and emphasised that "gender justice, gender equality and gender dignity" were at the core of the government's priority.

"Can, in a secular country like India, a big chunk of women be forced to live in a state of vulnerability," he asked.

Prasad said the was firmly behind the victims of triple talaq. "Now, talaq is being given on WhatsApp...Is this vulnerability permissible in our Constitution," he asked.

The leader pointed out that many countries, including Iran, Morocco, Egypt, Tunisia, Indonesia, Afghanistan, and Pakistan, had abolished the practice.

"These are Islamic countries and they have regulated triple talaq, which has not been found to be violative of Sharia (personal law)," he said.

The Minister was responding to a series of questions on triple talaq and the Centre's stand on the issue in the Supreme Court.

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First Published: Thu, April 20 2017. 20:13 IST