Home Minister says Congress allowed triple talaq because of its hunger for power.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday blamed the “politics of appeasement” for the “evil practice” of triple talaq till this year.
He was speaking at a public lecture on “Abolition of triple talaq: correcting a historic wrong” at an event organised by the Syama Prasad Mookerjee Research Foundation in New Delhi.
Mr. Shah defended the law criminalising triple talaq, saying it was going to benefit Muslims, and not other communities.
The Home Minister said it took several decades to end this practice because of the Congress.
Referring to the Rajiv Gandhi government’s decision to bring a law to overturn the Supreme Court judgment in the Shah Bano case, he said it would be considered a “black day” in the history of Parliament.
“When some people are hungry for power, they resort to the politics of appeasement. They are not concerned about Muslim women but concerned only about vote-bank,” he said. “The election of Narendra Modi as Prime Minister in 2014 was the beginning of the end of the politics of appeasement and the 2019 mandate is to end it forever,” Mr. Shah said.
“This evil practice of triple talaq was going on for long and the Modi government has abolished it forever and given the Muslim women the right to live in dignity and equality,” he said. Mr. Shah also addressed the issue of penal provisions in a civil matter.