Mumbai: Slamming Prime Minister Narendra Modi over Uniform Civil Code and alleging that his cries for rights of Muslim women are hollow, All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) Chief and Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi on Saturday sought justice for Gujarat riot victim Zakia Jaffrey and Ishrat Jahan, the college girl who died in cold-blooded murder by police.
"First give justice to Zakia Jaffery and Ishrat Jahan then bat for rights of Muslim women", Owaisi said while addressing a huge rally in Mumbra near Mumbai Saturday evening.
He said hundreds of thousands of women gathered here are demanding justice for the two who have become the "symbols of worst kind of victimization" in the country.
"Hundreds of thousands of women gathered here are demanding from Prime Minister Modi in one voice. If justice to Muslim women is really your aim, you should first give justice to Zakia Jaffery and Ishrat Jahan", he said.
Reminding Prime Minister Modi of the brutal murder of ex-MP Ehsan Jaffery, Owaisi said, "He was murdered right in front of his wife Zakia Jaffery. She is a symbol of victimization, struggling for justice since years", he said.
"Your campaign should begin by giving justice to these victims", he said.
Sharing the statistics with the rally that divorce rate among Muslims are far less than other communities, Owaisi said there are other more important issues concerning Muslim women that need to be tackled urgently.
Saying that polygamy comes in Islam with strict guidelines and warning, Owaisi said, "There are ongoing attempts to rake this issue for political mileage."
Asaduddin Owaisi's statements came in the wake of heated debate in India following the petition by some women activists in the Supreme Court and the consequent support extended to them by the Modi government seeking a ban on concurrent talaq and polygamy allowed under Muslim personal law.
The AIMIM Mumbra rally came a week after the party's rally in Sant Kabir Nagar, Uttar Pradesh where Asaduddin Owaisi had dared the BJP government to ban polygamy in states like Goa before touching Muslim Personal Law.
"Bring changes in Goa Civil Code and ban second marriage in the state before touching Muslim personal law", Asauddin Owaisi, who represents Hyderabad in the parliament, said while addressing the rally in Sant Kabir Nagar, Uttar Pradesh.
"Modi government wants to create communal tension and risking the communal fabric of the country by raking up controversial issues like Uniform Civil Code", Owaisi has been quoted as saying in the rally by the local media.
Interestingly, the BJP opposes second marriage of Muslims and bats for a uniform civil law applicable to all Indians, irrespective of religion. But it also holds up Goan Civil Code as the model.
The BJP was similarly accused of double standard when its government in Maharashtra banned beef in the state while allowing the same in Goa.