Triple talaq survived on appeasement politics: Shah

NEW DELHI: Union Home Minister Amit Shah said on Sunday the politics of appeasement, which led to the Partition, was the reason for the continuance of the “evil practice” of triple talaq for so long.
Speaking at an event here, Shah defended the law criminalising triple talaq, asserting that it establishes gender equality. “Some people level allegations against BJP government that such action is anti-Muslim. I want to make it clear that this is only and only to benefit Muslims, not the Hindus, Jains or Christians,” he said. It was a “nightmare” for crores of Muslim women who were denied their rights, he said. He said 92.1 per cent of Muslim women supported criminalisation of triple talaq.
Coming down heavily on the Congress, Shah, who is also BJP President, said the party has “no shame” and continues to oppose the law on triple talaq. The home minister said it took several decades to end this evil practice because of the Congress, which always resorted to the politics of appeasement.
Shah was speaking on ‘Abolition of Triple Talaq: Correcting a Historic Wrong’ at an event organised by the Syama Prasad Mookerjee Research Foundation
People should welcome moves for eradication of any evil practice, but there is opposition in case of triple talaq. “The politics of appeasement is responsible for it,” he said. Some parties were in the habit of coming to power on the basis of vote-bank politics, that’s why such evil practices continued, he said. The politics of appeasement has been a hurdle in the path to achieve development and social cohesion in the country.
“When some people are hungry for power, they resort to the politics of appeasement. They are not concerned about Muslim women but concerned only about vote-bank, ” he said. But, “when your intention is social uplift, you have to work hard for it, you have to plan it,” he said. (PTI)

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