Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said on Saturday that the government must take steps to the ban the practice of Triple Talaq if the Muslim community fails to change the practice.
“It is for the society to take up the issue and it will be good if the (Muslim) society itself changed the practice. Otherwise, a situation may arise where the government will have to bring in a legislation (banning triple talaq),” Naidu said while addressing a meeting.
“This is not to interfere in anybody’s personal matters, but at the same time, it’s a question of justice to women. All women should have equal rights. Equality before the law…that’s the issue”, he added.
While pointing out the laws which were enacted to remove the evils rituals of the Hindu religion like child marriage and sati, he said, “The Hindu society discussed child marriages and Parliament passed a legislation banning it. Second is sati sahagaman, an ancient practice, wherein a woman too ended her life following her husband’s death. Now it is prohibited by law, by the Hindu society itself. The third is dowry. The Dowry Prohibition Act was passed and the Hindu society accepted it”.
“When it felt that such practices were against the society’s good, the Hindu society discussed them and brought in reforms. Some more reforms are also needed and efforts should be made in that direction,” he added.
Speaking about communal harmony, he said, “See humans as humans and don’t separate them as Hindus, Christians or Muslims. No injustice should be done to women by such discrimination,”
“I feel happy whenever the world recognises India. Take the case of Kulbhushan Jadhav. For the first time in history, India went to the International Court of Justice and obtained a stay against Pakistan’s foolish act of trying to execute Jadhav. This is something we all should feel happy about,” Venkaiah noted.