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BJP comes out in support of Adityanath statement on triple talaq

BJP MP Sanjeev Balyan said 'women should be provided with their rights of choice and freedom'. Photograph: (Reuters)

ANI Sahidand, Chhattisgarh, India Apr 18, 2017, 06.11 AM (IST)

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has backed Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath on his stand that the practice of triple talaq among Muslims should be abolished.

BJP leader Sanjeev Balyan said on Tuesday that women should be provided with their rights of choice and freedom.

"Everyone should stand against triple talaq. Women should be provided with their rights of choice and freedom. When we all speak for women empowerment, then why not abolish triple talaq system soon. We totally support Yogi Adityanath on his statement and the action that he wishes to take," Balyan told ANI.

The stand was echoed by BJP leader Sudhanshu Trivedi who said those who were against Adityanath had some hidden agenda attached to it.

"Women have been deprived of their rights since the very beginning and if Adityanath is standing by them, then it is good. After him coming to power, a lot has changed in the state," Trivedi told ANI.

A day before, Adityanath attacked those not speaking out against the triple talaq issue, saying they were equally guilty as the ones practising it.

"People maintaining silence are equally guilty," Adityanath said while addressing a launch of book on former prime minister Chandra Shekhar Singh.

"If our criminal suits and marriages are similar, then what is harm to implement Uniform Civic code in the country," Adityanath said quoting Chandra Shekhar Singh.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has also spoken about justice for Muslim women by banning the practice of verbal divorce among Muslims in the country.

"Our Muslim sisters deserve justice. We should try to solve this issue at the district level. We should also proceed on the formula of a new India. We can't simply move forward on a slow pace, but charge ahead with full speed," he said during the BJP national executive meeting.

During a discussion on the National Commission for Backward Classes, the prime minister suggested that the party hold conferences for "backward Muslims". 

(WION with inputs from ANI)

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