‘Muslim Women Rights Day’ organised at National Commission for Minorities office

New Delhi, July 31, 2020: Union Minister for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi today said here that the commitment of the Government is “Politic Empowerment and not Political Exploitation”.
Several “bold and big reforms” are a reflection of our honest and effective efforts which have delivered better results, he said.
Naqvi was addressing around 50,000 Muslim women from across the country through a virtual conference.
Manjit Singh Rai, Vice-Chairperson, National Commission for Minorities was also present.
Naqvi said that “1st August is a day which made Muslim women free from the social evil of Triple Talaq. 1st August has been recorded in the country’s history as “Muslim Women Rights Day”. 1st August will remain as a golden moment of Indian democracy and Parliamentary history.”
Naqvi said that the law which makes social evil of Triple Talaq a criminal offence has strengthened “self-reliance, self-respect and self-confidence” of the Muslim women.
He said that the Government has ensured gender equality and strengthened constitutional, fundamental and democratic rights of the Muslim women by bringing a law against the cruel social evil of Triple Talaq.
Naqvi said that Triple Talaq or Talaq-a-Biddat was neither Islamic nor legal.
Naqvi said that the law against social evil of Triple Talaq could have been passed in 1986 when the Supreme Court had given a historic judgement in the Shahbano Case.
“The Congress had absolute majority in Parliament with more than 400 out of 545 Lok Sabha Members and more than 159 out of 245 Members in the Rajya Sabha. But the then Rajiv Gandhi Government used its strength in the Parliament to make the Supreme Court judgement ineffective and deprive the Muslim women of their constitutional and fundamental rights,” he pointed out.
Union Law and Justice Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad asked why did it take India 70 years to bring a law against triple talaq and pointed out that it is a “law for women’s rights and self-respect”.

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