New Delhi, Feb 8 (UNI) Attacking Congress president Rahul Gandhi for his promise to withdraw the Triple Talaq Bill in Parliament, BJP senior leader and Union Minister Arun Jaitley on Friday said Mr Gandhi is committing the same “monumental” mistake that late Rajiv Gandhi had done in legislatively overturning the Shah Bano judgment of the Supreme Court.
In a blog, Mr Jaitley said,’ history has repeated itself, neither as a satire nor as a tragedy. It has repeated itself with a mindset of cruelty. ‘
‘The late Rajiv Gandhi committed a monumental mistake in legislatively overturning the Shah Bano judgment of the Supreme Court which guaranteed maintenance to all Muslim women. He allowed deserted women to be driven to poverty and destitution.
Thirty-two years later his son has taken another retrograde step to drive them not merely into destitution but also to live a life which is an antithesis of human existence. The Muslim woman in Bareilly has been forced into animal existence,” he said in the Facebook blog titled ‘Does the Bareilly “Nikah-Halala” not shock your conscience?’
He was reacting to reports of a woman, who was divorced twice by her husband in Bareilly. She was forced to undergo nikah-halala as per the Islamic Personal Law — on the first occasion with her father-in-law and on the subsequent with her brother-in-law. They both had raped her.
Mr Jaitley said unfortunately, when human conscience should have been repelled while reading this news in the morning newspapers. Mr Gandhi and his ‘coterie’, while addressing a minority convention, promised to withdraw the Bill pending in the Parliament, penalising Triple Talaq.
“Votes are important, so is fairness. Political opportunists only look at the next day’s headlines. Nation-builders look at the next century,” he added.