Triple talaq: Jaitley claims Rahul is repeating Rajiv's mistakes

Jaitley BJP National Convention Finance Minister Arun Jaitley addresses the recent BJP General Convention | PTI

Criticising the Congress for promising to withdraw the triple talaq bill, Union Minister Arun Jaitley on Friday said that incidents like the Bareilly nikah-halala, which shook the conscience of people, ought to be made unconstitutional. He also warned Congress chief Rahul Gandhi was repeating the mistakes of his father.

According to reports, a woman, who was divorced twice by her husband in Bareilly, was forced to undergo nikah-halala as per the Islamic law—on the first occasion with her father-in-law and on the subsequent occasion with her brother-in-law. Under nikah-halala, a man cannot remarry his former wife unless she marries another man, consummates the marriage, gets a divorce and observes a period of separation called 'iddat'.

“Unfortunately, when human conscience should have been repelled while reading this news in the morning newspapers, the AICC president Rahul Gandhi and his coterie, while addressing a minority convention, promised to withdraw the bill pending in Parliament, penalising triple talaq,” Jaitley said. Jaitley made the statement in a Facebook post Does the Bareilly “Nikah-Halala” not shock your conscience?

The late prime minister Rajiv Gandhi committed a monumental mistake in legislatively overturning the Shah Bano judgement of the Supreme Court, which guaranteed maintenance to all Muslim women, Jaitley said. “This allowed deserted women to be driven to poverty and destitution,” Jaitley argued. Thirty-two years later, Jaitley added, his son has taken another retrograde step to drive Muslim women not merely into destitution, but also to live a life that is an antithesis of human existence.

“The Muslim woman in Bareilly has been forced into animal existence. Votes are important, so is fairness. Political opportunists only look at the next day's headlines. Nation-builders look at the next century,” Jaitley wrote in conclusion.