Maintaining that the Opposition was spreading “rumours” and attempting to mix up the “different topics” of Uniform Civil Code and “triple talaq”, BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra argued that the Centre had simply placed before the Supreme Court an affidavit stating the constitutional position on the matter.
“There are rumours being spread which are looking to mix the two topics. A rumour is being spread that the government is trying to ban triple talaq, but this isn’t the case. What the government has done is place before court its position on the matter,” Patra told The Indian Express at a conference organised in the city by BJP on the issue.
Previously, the Centre had stated that absence of reforms in the community over the last 65 years has left Muslim women “extremely vulnerable, both socially as well as financially”. On Friday, the Centre impressed upon the Supreme Court to do away with the practice of polygamy and triple talaq. The Centre also said these practices “cannot be regarded as essential or integral parts of the religion”.
The affidavit, submitted by the Union law ministry in response to petitions challenging polygamy and triple talaq, said the validity of these practices required “reconsideration” by the top court “in light of the principle of gender justice and overriding principle of non-discrimination, dignity and equality” as well as “evolution of women”.
“The court had asked the Centre, and we had placed the affidavit before them as per the constitutional mandate. It is in line with articles in the Constitution relating to freedom and against discrimination. However, it is very unfortunate that the Opposition is trying to spread these rumours for political gain,” Patra added.