‘Don’t Repeat Rajiv Gandhi’s Mistake’: Former Congress Minister Arif Mohammad Khan Urges PM Modi To Criminalise Triple Talaq

Muslim women at an event to celebrate the passing of the triple talaq bill by the Lok Sabha in New Delhi. (Arvind Yadav/Hindustan Times via GettyImages) 

Urging the Centre to criminalise the practice of triple talaq, former Union minister Arif Mohammed Khan said that if the current dispensation doesn't show enough political will in this case, it will be committing the same mistake the Rajiv Gandhi government did in the Shah Bano case, reports Financial Express.

In an oblique reference to the Congress, Khan said the party which won over 400 seats in 1984 was suffering the 'curse of the destitute'.

" What was Shah Bano given? Rs 147 to keep her body and soul together. The curse of destitute is haunting them,” he said.

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Explaining about the six-page letter he wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi regarding the passage of the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill 2019, Khan said, "I explained to him how in 1986 by enacting a law we reversed the judgement of the Supreme Court and now if we do not enact a law to ensure that the judgement of the Supreme Court is followed in letter and spirit, if we fail to make a law to criminalise triple talaq then we would be making the same mistake that was committed in 1986."

The bill has once again hit the Rajya Sabha roadblock and a lot of heated debates are going on regarding the same.

Khan was a minister of state in the Rajiv Gandhi government in 1986 but he resigned over the government's stand in the Shah Bano case.

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