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Prime Minister Modi "bats" for Muslim women, blasts triple talaq
Monday October 24, 2016 5:33 PM, Agencies

Modi triple talaq

A day after Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi calls him to give justice to Zakia Jaffery and Ishrat Jahan before batting for rights of Muslim women, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said the government and the society should ensure justice to Muslim women and not let their lives be destroyed by triple talaq.

Addressing a public rally here, Modi said: "Elections and politics have their own place. But to give justice to Muslim women and that too according to the constitution is the responsibility of the government and the society."

The Prime Minister also urged the people not to make triple talaq a Hindu-Muslim issue.

"Debates are going on in the media... I urge people not to make it a government-opposition issue. Don't make it an issue of the BJP and other parties. Don't make it a Hindu-Muslim issue.

"There must be a debate among those experts from the Muslim community who are either in favour of it or in opposition to triple talaq," he added.

Modi came down heavily on political parties who he said were politicising the issue.

"I am surprised that some political parties want to keep Muslim women bereft of their natural rights in the hunger for vote bank politics," Modi said.

He said it was not fair for a man to say "talaq" thrice over the phone to ruin a Muslim woman's life.

"This issue should not be politicised. Agar koi Hindu maa kay garbha mei beti ko maar dega, woh jail jaega," he said.

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.

The Muslim clerics while commenting on the issue had earlier said that Modi should first give justice to his estranged wife Jashodaben Modi before talking of Muslim personal law.

"There are people who are talking of women's rights. They should first keep their own house in order", Mohammad Wali Rahmani, former Deputy Speaker Bihar assembly, said.

As soon as Rahman's speech went viral on the internet, a huge number of posts with similar comments started flooding the social networking sites and the Urdu press. One article which singled out is written by Shakeel Rasheed and is published in today's Mumbai Urdu News.

"Jashodaben - Prime Minister Modi's estranged wife, is best example to describe the pain and agony of a woman who has been deserted by her husband", Shakeel Rasheed wrote in his weekly column titled 'Triple Talaq, Jashodaben and Modi'.

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