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Yogi Adityanath Compares Triple Talaq to Draupadi's 'Cheer Haran'

In his valedictory address at the conclusion of the two-day BJP National Executive in Bhubaneswar, Prime Minister addressed the issue in the context of giving social justice to all, including Muslim women.

Pranshu Mishra | CNN-News18

Updated:April 17, 2017, 2:30 PM IST
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New Delhi: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Monday compared triple talaq to the disrobing of Draupadi in the Hindu epic Mahabharata, calling the Muslim practice “an insult to women”.

“These days there is a new debate in the country. Some people are maintaining a silence on this issue. This reminds me of the scene in the Mahabharata in which Draupadi is being disrobed in an assembly and she asks a question to the gathering as to who is responsible for this?" he said.

"...no one was able to utter even a single word. At that time Vidur said people who have committed the crime, those who are the accomplices and those who maintained silence on this issue are equally responsible," Adityanath said.

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He made these remarks at an event to mark the 91st birth anniversary of former Prime Minister Chandrashekhar.

Batting for a Uniform Civil Code, Adityanath said, “(Former PM) Chandra Shekhar had said that if we are the same when it comes to soldiering and getting married, then why not a Uniform Civil Code?”

Adityanath’s statements come amid a raging debate on the issue with the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) rejecting “government interference”, saying anyone who “misuses” the practice would face “social boycott”.

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Seeking to link triple talaq with the larger issue of social justice for Muslim women, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday asked party workers to make it happen through dialogue and not discord.

In his valedictory address at the conclusion of the two-day BJP National Executive in Bhubaneswar, Prime Minister addressed the issue in the context of giving social justice to all, including Muslim women.

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"He (Modi) talked about social justice. He said our Muslim sisters should also get justice. Injustice should not be done with them. Nobody should be exploited," Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said, quoting the Prime Minister.

"We do not want conflict within the Muslim community over this issue. What we have to do is that if there are any social evils, we have to wake the society up and make efforts to provide justice to them (Muslim women). That was the Prime Minister's spirit," Gadkari added.

| Edited by: Swati Sharma
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