Even Lord Ram once left Sita after doubting her: Congress MP Hussain Dalwai on triple talaq bill

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New Delhi: A senior Congress MP Hussain Dalwai on Friday compared the sufferings of Indian Muslim women with that of Goddess Sita who was abandoned by her husband Lord Ram even before the Triple Talaq Bill was tabled in Rajya Sabha.

Speaking to Zee News, Dalwai said, ”The Modi government is not interested in the welfare of Muslim women. The government’s promise of giving more rights to the Muslim women and empowering them is just an eye-wash.”

Though the Union Cabinet has proposed three changes in the Muslim Women Protection of Rights on Marriage Bill, a lot still needs to be done, the Congress MP said.

The Centre’s plan comes even as Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan (BMMA), a voluntary organisation which successfully petitioned the SC against instant talaq, has decided to join the petitioners who are seeking an end to nikah halala and polygamy.

While expressing his views on the amended triple talaq bill, Dalwai triggered a controversy by saying, ”Women are being treated unfairly in all communities, not just Muslims, even Hindus, Christians, Sikhs etc. In every society, there is male domination. Even Shree Ram Chandra ji once left Sita ji after doubting her. So we need to change as a whole.”

Dalwai later clarified on his remarks made on Lord Ram.

 

The Congress MP said that he is a devotee of the deity too. But, what he said was meant to highlight the fact that even Hindu women had suffered a lot since the ancient times.

The Maharashtra Congress leader, however, said that what he said was not meant to malign any religion.

Dalwai had last year written to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, saying the move to criminalise the practice of triple talaq was ‘extremely problematic’.

The Congress MP said that while he was opposed to the practice of triple talaq in principle, the government’s move was selectively targeting Muslims.

BJP’s Rakesh Sinha, an RSS ideologue who was recently nominated to the Rajya Sabha, hit back at Dalwai, saying that he has no right to drag Lord Ram’s name in the debate over triple talaq.

Those opposing the triple talaq bill had the Taliban-like mindset, Sinha said.

Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad today urged the Congress to support the amended triple talaq Bill. Prasad said the bill seeks justice for crores of women.

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