Women can't be put on lower pedestal: AG Rohatgi
Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi on Monday said practice of triple talaq should not be allowed as women have as much right as men and cannot be treated on a lower pedestal.
Explaining the Centre's stand on the issue of triple talaq, the top law officer said there cannot be a situation in a secular country where women of one religion have same right as their spouse but women of another religion, who may be living next door, will not have the same right.
The Supreme Court is already seized of the issue of triple talaq and is scheduled to hear a batch of petitions on it from May 11 onwards.
"Women have as much right as men. Both have fundamental rights and one cannot be treated on a lower pedestal. And this constitutes 50 per cent of women of one religion.
"So can we have a situation where women of other religions have as much right as their spouse but women of another religion, who may be living next door or in the same house, will not have the same rights," Rohatgi said.
He said that the Centre's stand is such practices are unconstitutional and they should not be allowed, adding, "The women should not be treated in this fashion. This also amounts to disrespect and that's the strategy we have taken."