AHEAD OF the Winter Session, when the Centre’s ordinance making instant triple talaq a criminal offence is likely to be tabled in Parliament, the BJP has appointed two “teen talaq pramukhs” in Uttar Pradesh to reach out to triple talaq victims and seek their suggestions for better rehabilitation.
While Dr Nazia Alam and Shahnaz Khan, both state secretaries of the party’s minority wing, have been appointed as “teen talaq pramukhs”, there are plans to appoint a Muslim woman to the post in all the six regional units and 93 district units in the state.
This decision was taken at the BJP minority wing’s state executive meeting held recently.
These pramukhs will also distribute Hindi translations of the Quran to Muslim families. “If they read Quran in a language that they are comfortable in, the practice of triple talaq can be checked, because it is clearly prohibited in the Quran. Through our campaign, we will also have to break the barrier that hardliner clerics have created by conveying the wrong message,” Nazia told The Indian Express.
She said the campaign would begin after Diwali, and the first task would be to identify the victims. “Currently, there is no official figure on the number of triple talaq victims. We have to identify them and approach them. Being a woman, we can do this easily… We will also hold press conferences to narrate their ordeal, if they agree to it,” she said.
She said the objective of the programme was social, not political. In the first phase, the focus will be on Muslim-dominated districts including Rampur, Bareilly, Saharanpur, Aligarh and Muzaffarnagar.
Hyder Abbas Chaand, state president of the BJP’s minority wing, said triple talaq victims who have shown courage by raising their voices in public as well as women who have fought for their cause, will be honoured by the party.
In its manifesto for the state assembly polls in 2017, the BJP had promised to take up the issue of triple talaq. After their poll victory, BJP leaders had claimed that Muslim women had backed them as the party was opposed to the practice. The party had also raised the issue during the urban local body polls in the state last year.