LUCKNOW: The Centre is committed to ending the “evil social practice” of triple talaq, Union law minister and senior BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad said today and asked Samajwadi Party, Congress and BSP to make their stand clear on the contentious issue.
“The Government respects faith but worship and social evil cannot coexist,” he said.
“I want Akhilesh Yadav, Rahul Gandhi and Mayawati to clarify their stand on the issue of triple talaq. Our (BJP’s) stand is very clear. The issue is not related to religion but involves respect and dignity of women,” Prasad said at a press conference here.
“We are the only party which respects women. Neither do other parties offer a good place to women nor do they respect them,” the BJP leader claimed.
Speaking at a press conference in Ghaziabad, he had said the Centre might take appropriate steps to ban triple talaq after the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections as the tradition denies respect to women.
Prasad had said, “every pernicious practice” cannot be part of a religion and the Centre would raise the issue in the Supreme Court on three points — justice, equality and dignity of women.
Referring to the SP-Congress alliance in Uttar Pradesh, he said, “This is an alliance of desperation between two dynastic parties… Alliance of desperation between crime, criminals and corruption.” (AGENCIES)