Ahead of Lok Sabha elections the Congress made an significiant announcement to woo Muslim voters of abolishing the the Triple Talaq law brought by the ruling Bhartiya Janata Party if it will be voted back to power by dethroning BJP from the power in 2019 Lok Sabha Elections.
Speaking at the AICC minorities convention in the presence of Congress president Rahul Gandhi, Mahila Congress president Sushmita Dev on Thursday said the focus of the Triple Talaq Bill was not to empower Muslim women but to penalise Muslim men.
“I promise that the Congress party will come to power in 2019 and will scrap the Triple Talaq law. The law is just another weapon of the Modi government to arrest and harass Muslim men and put them in prison,” Dev said.
Reacting to Dev’s comment, BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra termed it as Congress’ “appeasement politics”. “Rahul Gandhi says that if Congress comes to power, it will scrap triple talaq law. It is nothing but appeasement politics,” he said.
The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill was passed by the Lok Sabha in the Winter Session of the Parliament last year. How the bill has faced pathblocks in the Rajya Sabha. The Opposition has demanded that the bill be sent to a select committee.