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May take step to ban triple talaq after UP polls: Ravi Shankar Prasad

Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has said the government may take a major step to ban triple talaq after the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections. He said the tradition denies respect for women and it needs to be banned.

“The government may take a major step to ban triple talaq after the UP Assembly polls,” the Union Law Minister said. The central government is committed to end the “evil social practice”, he said, adding that it will raise the issue in Supreme Court on three points.

“We are the only party which respects women. Neither do other parties offer a good place to women nor do they respect them,” Prasad said. The minister attacked Bahujan Samaj Party, saying it should rise above caste politics and respect women.

AIMIM president Asaduddin Owaisi said that Uttar Pradesh will give ‘triple talaq’ to Samajwadi Party, Congress and Bahujan Samak Party (BSP). He dubbed Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav “two sides of the same coin”.

“There is no difference between Modi and Akhilesh… Both make a fool of people in the name of development… Uttar Pradesh will give triple talaq…to SP, Congress and BSP,” he said.

The AIMIM leader said Muslims accepted Mulayam, Akhilesh and Rajiv Gandhi as their leaders but “they betrayed the community… It is because of their cowardice, injustice and negligence that I had to come in front of you today”.

Prasad said this issue is not related to religion but involves respect and dignity of women. The government respects faith but worship and social evil cannot coexist, he added.

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