Build trust before changing any personal law: Congress

The party warned the government against taking any “hasty” step.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:October 25, 2016 4:14 am

On THE day Prime Minister Narendra Modi broke his silence over triple talaq and denounced the practice, the Congress said an “atmosphere of trust and confidence” and “consensus” needed to be built and the views of all should be taken on board before “changing the personal law of any community”. The party warned the government against taking any “hasty” step.

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The Congress also hit out at the BJP in the context of the Prime Minister’s statement, saying its forerunner Jan Sangh and the RSS had criticised B R Ambedkar, Jawaharlal Nehru and Sardar Vallabhai Patel when the Hindu Code Bill was brought in immediately after the Independence.

“While we stand for equality and fair treatment for women, no hasty step should be taken which may lead to a feeling of alienation among any community. All progressive steps need to be taken after wide consultation with those who would be affected,” Congress spokesperson R P N Singh said.

“For changing the personal law of any community, an atmosphere of trust and confidence needs to be built and different views taken on board,” he said.