Triple talaq misused to satisfy men's lust, claims UP minister Swami Prasad Maurya

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Uttar Pradesh Minister Swami Prasad Maurya triggered a massive controversy when he alleged that most cases of triple talaq are based on flimsy grounds just because men wanted to “satisfy their lust” by “frequently changing” wives.

“These talaqs have no basis.... if someone only for satisfying his lust keeps changing his wives and forces his own wife and children to beg on streets... no one will call this right,” said Maurya. "BJP stands with Muslim women who have been given talaq unreasonably and arbitrarily... we want to help such victims get respect," he added.

The Minister's comments drew severe flak from several quarters including Muslim leaders, who demanded an unconditional apology from him.

President of All India Muslim Women Personal Law Board (AIMWPLB) Shaista Amber, who has been actively involved in the campaign against triple talaq, termed the minister's statement as "shameful".

"He (Maurya) should be sent to a mental asylum, as he has shattered the honour of the Muslims, especially women," Amber said.

The Minister’s remarks come on a day when Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked people not to “politicise” the issue of triple talaq.

Speaking at an event marking the birth anniversary of Kannada philosopher Basaveshwar in the national capital, the Prime Minister said he was sure that people from the community itself would come forward and fight against outdated practices.
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