Yogi Adityanath stroke a controversy after stating that Hindu men indulging in adultery will be severely punished. During his meeting with the victims of Triple Talaq in Uttar Pradesh, the chief minister of the state assured justice for Hindu women, in case of abandonment by their husband.
He said, "Every woman must have a right to live with dignity and every child must get an opportunity to move forward respectfully. I was seeing the number, in Uttar Pradesh in the past one year, 273 cases came forward which were connected to Triple Talaq and in all cases, FIR was registered. In these cases, Muslim sisters were tortured, disrespected, and there was an attempt to deprive them of their rights."
"If all these cases are not handled with proper care then there should be a probe launched against the Police officials as well. The fight does not end here, a Hindu woman abandoned will also be given justice, and a married Hindu man would also be severely punished if he indulges in adultery," Yogi Adityanath said.
Owaisi on Adityanath's 'adultery' statement
However, hitting back at the UP chief minister, AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi reminded him that adultery have been decriminalised. He further questioned why Yogi Adityanath should not ensuring justice to the 22-year-old law student who accused BJP leader Chinmayanand of rape and another BJP leader Kuldeep Sengar accused of being involved in a road accident of a rape victim.
Owaisi said, "Does he know that adultery is decriminalised? If he does not know, ask some people who know. Homosexuality is decriminalised, now you are saying extra-marital affair. Why is the chief minister not ensuring justice to the 22-year-old law student who came out and said that she was continuously raped, physically assaulted and molested, his government has sent that poor girl to jail under extortion charge and who's going to believe the UP chief minister? His own party MLA was instrumental or alleged to be instrumental in a truck going and hitting another rape victim."
Supreme Court on 27 September 2018 ruled out adultery as a crime, striking down the 158-year old law, that punished only a married man for consensual relations. The court found section 497 of the Indian Penal Code, 1860, which governs adultery to be “arbitrary and violative of Article 14 (right to equality) of the Constitution."