Uttar Pradesh chief minister Adityanath on Monday said that those silent and don’t speak out against triple talaq are equally guilty. “I’m reminded of everyone staying silent when Draupadi was being disrobed. Those who stayed silent were as guilty and at fault as those who disrobed her. Similarly, the people who are silent on the issue of triple talaq are equally guilty,” he said at an event in Lucknow.
“I’m surprised over the silence over a burning issue of triple talaq by certain individuals,” the CM added. He also released a book on late politician Chandrashekhar, who was once India’s PM. “Even Chandrashekhar was in favor of a common civil code,” the CM said.
The UP CM added that everyone should raise their voice against oral talaq. Currently, the Supreme Court is hearing a case on the constitutional legality of triple talaq.
Triple talaq is an Islamic practice that Muslims follow for divorcing their wives by just saying the word ‘talaq’ three times. The Centre and NGOs feel that the practice of triple talaq violates the right to gender equality.
However, the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) and other clerics argued that the practice has the sanction of the Quran and forms part of Muslim Personal Law. Hence, it falls directly outside the purview of the judiciary.
They also added that declaring it unconstitutional is similar to “rewriting the Quran.” “Those who give triple talaq without reasons prescribed by the Sharia (religious law) will face social boycott,” said the AIMPLB. “There has been misunderstanding on this issue, we will issue a code of conduct on it,” it added.