Clarify on Sait's stand over triple talaq bill, BJP tells CM

Clarify on Sait's stand over triple talaq bill, BJP tells CM

The state BJP on Monday demanded that Chief Minister Siddaramaiah should clarify whether Minister for Minorities Welfare Tanveer Sait's statement rejecting the triple talaq bill was the stand of the state government.

The bill, which criminalises triple talaq, was passed by the Lok Sabha last week with the support of Congress members. However, at a press conference in Bengaluru, Sait opposed the bill.

He said the Muslim Law Board had opposed the move. It was not correct to frame rules on personal beliefs and that was against the tenets of Islam, Sait had said.

"It is a historic bill. The Congress initially wanted the bill to be referred to a standing committee, but later supported the bill. Sait has expressed his opposition to the bill. As Sait is a Cabinet minister, Siddaramaiah should clarify whether it is the stand of the government," BJP state spokesperson and former Law minister S Suresh Kumar told reporters here.

He urged Siddaramaiah not to look at the bill through a "religious lens".

"It is a question of dignity, equality and empowerment of women. Some Muslim women were divorced by their husbands by giving triple talaq via SMS. One person gave triple talaq to his wife for waking up late. It is unacceptable. The Muslim women are looking at Siddaramaiah for an answer," Kumar said.

He termed as "historic" the announcement by Prime Minister Narendra Modi that Muslim women could travel for Haj without a male guardian (mahram).

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