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UP minister who linked Triple Talaq to lust had earlier insulted Hindu religion

Sunday April 30, 2017 9:00 AM, & Agencies

Swami Prasad Maurya

Cabinet Minister in the BJP's Uttar Pradesh government Swami Prasad Maurya, who on Saturday said that Muslim men use Triple Talaq to "satisfy their lust by changing wives", had in 2014 abused and abused Hindu religion and Hindu marriage system.

Swami Prasad Maurya, who was then General Secretary of Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), while addressing a gathering at Karpuri Thakur Bhagidari Sammelan had reportedly said that Goddess Gauri and Lord Ganesh should not be worshipped during marriages.

Maurya did not stop here. Naming different animals who according to him are worshipped by Hindus, Maurya went on to say that Dalits and people from lower castes would never be treated with respect in the Hindu religion.

Maurya's rhetoric against Hindu religion had created stir and BSP quickly distanced itself from party General Secretary's distasteful statements.

Maurya, who joined Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) ahead of 2017 state elections, using the same abusive language on Saturday linked Triple Talaq to "lust of Muslim men".

Meanwhile, All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) while slamming the minister for his statement demanded immediate apology from him.

On the other hand, President of the All India Muslim Women's Personal Law Board Shaista Amber called the statement "shameful" and has threatened to go to court against the minister.

Shaista Amber also asked UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath to drop the minister from the cabinet.

"He should be sent to a mental asylum, as he has shattered the honour of the Muslims, especially women," Shaista Amber said while talking to media.

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