NEW DELHI: India’s major opposition Congress get together mentioned on Thursday it might scrap a decree handed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s authorities prescribing jail phrases for Muslim males searching for an immediate divorce if the get together wins an election due by Could.
Modi’s Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Celebration (BJP) in January issued an government order making the observe — which permits Muslim males to divorce their wives by saying the phrase “talaq”, or “divorce” in Arabic, 3 times — an offence punishable with as much as three years in jail.
The order was issued after a invoice that had sought to make the observe a non-bailable offence confronted resistance from Congress and another events within the higher home of parliament regardless of being permitted by the decrease home late final 12 months.
Modi has mentioned the motion is important to empower girls, however Congress mentioned it unfairly punished Muslim males.
“We oppose it as a result of it’s one other weapon devised by Mr Narendra Modi to imprison Muslim males or drag them to police stations,” Sushmita Dev, president of the ladies’s wing of Congress, mentioned in a speech.
“I promise to you Congress authorities will come to energy in 2019 and we are going to scrap this triple talaq regulation,” she mentioned.
Dev was talking at a gathering of minority members of the get together, the place Congress President Rahul Gandhi mentioned to loud cheers that “regardless of your language, faith, caste, Congress get together will all the time defend you”.
India’s 1.three billion inhabitants is 80 per cent Hindu and 14.2 per cent Muslim. The BJP, which hopes to win the assist of Muslim girls by taking over a divorce observe banned in Muslim-majority nations akin to Pakistan and Indonesia, referred to as the Congress’ plan the “top of appeasement”.
“Neither Muslim girls nor the Indian public will forgive them for such a regressive thought,” BJP spokesman Sambit Patra informed reporters.
India’s Supreme Courtroom outlawed triple talaq in August final 12 months and requested the federal government to introduce laws to implement the court docket ruling.
Revealed in Daybreak, February eighth, 2019