New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday came out in loud support of ban on triple talaq and made a fervent appeal to Muslim leaders to come forward and fight unitedly with others against status-quoists who would like the age-old practices to continue.
Addressing a function in Vigyan Bhawan here, he said. it is not a political issue and, therefore, it should not be looked at from a political angle.
He simultaneously appealed to women to come forward and fight against this practice because it is a matter which is linked to their honour and dignity.
Modi gave a reason for it. "It does not only concern the present generation but also the future. If they succeed, they will do a great service to next generation of women", he believed.
A Muslim reformist can also take up the issue on their behalf, he said, and recalled the contribution of Hindu reformer Ram Mohan Roy. "When he began his fight against some of the social evils including Sati Pratha, he was condemned by many. But that did not stop him from going ahead. The result is known to all."
Similarly, an individual Muslim leader can raise the banner of revolt against this unjust and gender biased practice even if others in his community oppose him tooth and nail.
The PM said his Sab Ka Saath slogan applies to these destitute women too. The end of this practice will send a strong message to other countries. India has taken a lead on many issues in the past including non-violence . It can take a lead in this case too.
"Our is not only a country of snake-charmers. It is also a country of great thinkers and reformists.Let all others recognise it," Modi told the audience.
His appeal went well with the people gathered there because the occasion was to mark the Jayanti of a 12th century social reformer, Basaveshwara.