Prime Minister Narendra Modi focused his attention on the abolishment of the instant Triple Talaq practice during his address to the nation from the Red Fort on the occasion of 73rd Independence Day.
He reiterated that many countries, including Islamic countries, had already abolished the practice of Triple Talaq that denied Muslim women their right, however, for some reason India was hesitant.
He said, "It is obvious when the problems are brought to an end, you get a feeling of self-defense. The feeling of self-respect is bigger than everything else."
"You must have seen, our Muslim daughters and sisters, they had the Triple Talaq sword hanging over their heads. They were living their life with fear. She might not be a victim of Triple Talaq, but, the fear that she would be a victim did not let her live. It made her helpless. Many countries, including Islamic countries had finished this evil practice long time back. But for some reason or another we were hesitant to give our Muslim sisters the right," he added.
Furthermore, PM Modi accentuated how Triple Talaq can be eliminated, similar to the evil practices against women like Sati, child marriages, dowry and female feticide that were abolished in the course of time.
He said, "If in this country we can abolish the practice of Sati, we can make a law to eliminate female feticide, if we can raise our voice against child marriages, if we can take firm steps against dowry, then why can't we raise our voice against Triple Talaq."
"And that is why, capturing the spirit of India's democracy, our Muslim sisters should get equal rights. New hope arises, they must be equal participants of India's journey. These decisions are not be weighed on the scale of politics, they give a guarantee to the protection of their life," he added.
#IndiaAt72 | Our Muslim sisters were living in the fear of Triple Talaq. Many Islamic countries had ended it years before us, but for some reason, we were shying away from giving them their rights: PM Modi— Republic (@republic) August 15, 2019
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The contentious Triple Talaq Bill, 2019, was passed by the Parliament on July 30, 2019.
On Wednesday, the Ministry of Defence informed that three women IAF officers to assist PM Modi during the Independence Day ceremony. Furthermore, Flying Officer Preetam Sangwan will assist the Prime Minister in the unfurling of the national flag, while Flt Lt Jyoti Yadav & Flt Lt Mansi Geda will be positioned on either side of the saluting dais for the Prime Minister.