The Congress party escalated yet another stir on the political battle ground on Thursday when president of All India Mahila Congress Sushmita Dev said that the party will abolish the Triple Talaq Bill if they are voted to power in the upcoming General Elections.
Speaking at the AICC minorities convention in the presence of Congress president Rahul Gandhi, Sushmita Dev said the focus of the Triple Talaq Bill was not to empower Muslim women but to penalise Muslim men.
“I promise that the Congress party will come to power in 2019 and will scrap the Triple Talaq law. The law is just another weapon of the Modi government to arrest and harass Muslim men and put them in prison,” Dev said.
Earlier on Thursday, Sushmita Dev also met the members of the women wing of Muslim Personal Law Board who “thanked her for being their collective voice in opposing criminalising Triple Talaq.”
The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill was passed by the Lok Sabha in the Winter Session of Parliament last year but has faced roadblocks in the Rajya Sabha. The Opposition has demanded that the bill be sent to a select committee.
In the same gathering, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi blamed the incumbent Modi government for interfering in the functioning of key central institutions.
“This nation belongs to every citizen of India. This is a conflict between two ideologies. Minority communities have worked on every step to build this nation. This nation has been built by people of every religion. This nation belongs to all,” Gandhi said while addressing the gathering.
With several debacles riddling central institutions of the country in the recent past, the Congress party chief said that it is the responsibility of Congress and every political party to protect them.