The Union government on Friday rebuked the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) for attempting to “politicise” the Law Commission’s turn to look for input on a uniform civil code, saying it ought not be connected with triple talaq, where the center issue is gender orientation equity and ending discrimination against women.

Calling for an “enlightened debate” on uniform civil code, Information and Broadcasting Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu said the “real mood” of the country was to end triple talaq and some people were trying to create confusion over the two issues.

You [AIMPLB] join the debate. Let there be enlightened debate you put forth your point of view. Let a consensus be evolved. Why are you trying to bring in the name of Prime Minister and call him dictator,” Mr. Naidu told reporters.

The government’s sharp reaction came a day after the AIMPLB and various other Muslim organisations announced that they will boycott the Law Commission’s process to take views on the contentious uniform civil code. They said the move amounted to the Narendra Modi government declaring “war” on their religious rights and that a uniform civil code will “kill” India’s pluralism.

people want this triple talaq to end says M. Venkaiah Naidu
Information and Broadcasting Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu

The real mood of the country is that people want this triple talaq to end. People do not want any discrimination on basis of any religious faith against women. As I told you the issues are gender justice, non-discrimination and dignity of women,” Mr. Naidu said.

Criticising the AIMPLB, he said, “If you are so interested in making political comments you can as well join any political party of your choice. This is not expected from the Muslim Personal Law Board and other religious leaders. You have to confine yourself to the issue and the issue is put forth for discussion by the Law Commission,” Mr. Naidu said.


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