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Practice of triple talaq causing harm to women: Naidu

The Urban Development Minister said the Law Commission and the Supreme Court had sought public opinion and discussion on the triple talaq <g data-gr-id="27">practise</g>.

"The Government of India, after discussion, has given its opinion that triple talaq is not in the interest of women.

It should end," said Naidu, who is also the Minister <g data-gr-id="24">for</g> Information and Broadcasting, said.

"That is the opinion of Government of India. And we have no inhibition on that. We are very clear that this <g data-gr-id="29">practise</g> is causing harm to the women," Naidu told reporters here.

His statement assumes significance in wake of several Muslim organisations and leaders, including Members of All India Muslim Personal Law Board, stressing that the "Sharia law cannot be changed".

Suggesting the Central government to hold a referendum on the issue of triple talaq, All India Muslim Personal Law Board Zafaryab Jilani had recently claimed that 90 per cent Muslim women support the Sharia Law.

On October 7, the Centre had opposed in the Supreme Court the <g data-gr-id="32">practise</g> of triple talaq, 'nikah <g data-gr-id="28">halala</g>' and polygamy among Muslims and favoured a relook on grounds like gender equality and secularism.

The Ministry of Law and Justice, in its affidavit, referred to constitutional principles like gender equality, secularism, international covenants, religious <g data-gr-id="33">practises</g> and marital law prevalent in various Islamic countries to drive home the point that the <g data-gr-id="34">practise</g> of triple talaq and polygamy needed to be adjudicated upon afresh by the apex court.
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