Deccan Chronicle

PM asks MPS to reach out to Muslim women

Says decision to ban triple talaq boosted sense of security

- DC CORRESPOND­ENT with agency inputs

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who has time and again emphasised on empowermen­t of women and equality for women as a key requiremen­t of a developed country, has asked the BJP leaders to reach out to Muslim women during the upcoming festival of Raksha Bandhan. He said his government’s decision to ban triple talaq and how the decision has boosted overall sense of security for Muslim women.

Sources said Modi made the remarks at a meeting of Bjp-led NDA MPS from West Bengal, Odisha and Jharkhand on Monday night in which he and other senior BJP leaders highlighte­d various developmen­t initiative­s of the central government for different sections of society as the alliance gears up for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections.

Some MPS present in the meeting said Modi emphasised the need to connect with every section of society and then noted his government’s decision to ban the practice of instant divorce among Muslim men. The government has criminalis­ed the practice.

He said this decision has been a big boost for Muslim women, some

MPS present in the meeting said, adding that Modi asked them to organise programmes during Raksha Bandhan to reach out to women from the minority community. Rakshan Bandhan festival will fall on August 30 this year.

The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill was passed by Parliament in 2019, declaring the practice of instant triple talaq illegal and a crime that could attract a jail term for the husband.

The Prime Minister has often highlighte­d his government’s reform measures for Muslim women.

In his recent Mann ki Baat address, he noted that over 4,000 Muslim women performing Haj this year without ‘mehram’

was a “huge transforma­tion” and asserted that more and more people were getting the chance to go for annual pilgrimage with changes made by his government in Haj policy over the past few years.

In his speech to the MPS, he noted that Opposition parties are making efforts to join their forces under a new name INDIA (Indian National Developmen­tal Inclusive Alliance) as their earlier moniker UPA was tainted with a slew of scams. People will never accept it, he said.

The BJP has divided NDA MPS region-wise into clusters of nearly 40 members and Modi is expected to speak to them separately during the ongoing Monsoon session of Parliament.

 ?? PTI ?? Prime Minister Narendra Modi offers prayers during a visit to Shreemant Dagdusheth Halwai Ganpati Mandir, in Pune on Tuesday. —
PTI Prime Minister Narendra Modi offers prayers during a visit to Shreemant Dagdusheth Halwai Ganpati Mandir, in Pune on Tuesday. —

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