Triple talaq is a matter of gender equality, Sabarimala temple issue is related to tradition: Narendra Modi

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said that while triple talaq is a matter of gender equality, entry of women in Sabarimala is related to tradition.

In an exclusive interview to ANI, the prime minister tried to clear the air on BJP's apparent contradiction in its stand on the controversial triple talaq ordinance and the ban on entry of women between the age group of (10-50 years) in the Sabarimala temple by saying the ordinance against triple talaq was brought keeping in mind gender equality and social justice and it should not be seen as interference in religious issues.

Triple talaq is a matter of gender equality, Sabarimala temple issue is related to tradition: Narendra Modi

File image of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. AP

However, on the entry of women of menstrual age in the Sabarimala temple and protests by Hindu groups, Prime Minister Modi said that the issue relates to tradition and the Supreme Court judgment that saw a dissent by a lady judge should be read carefully.

"Triple talaq ordinance was brought after Supreme Court verdict. We have said in our BJP manifesto that a solution would be found to this issue under the Constitution," Prime Minister Modi said.

"Most Islamic countries have banned triple talaq. So it is not a matter of religion or faith. Even in Pakistan, triple talaq is banned. So it is an issue of gender equality, matter of social justice. It is not an issue of faith. So keep the two separate," he said.

Reacting to a question on the BJP's stand on the Sabarimala issue, the prime minister said: "India is of one opinion that everyone should get justice. There are some temples, which have their own traditions, where men can't go. And men don't go... In this, Sabarimala, a woman judge in the Supreme Court has made certain observations. It needs to be read minutely. There is no need to attribute those to any political party. As a woman, she has made some suggestions. There should be a debate on that as well sometimes."

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Updated Date: Jan 01, 2019 18:51:05 IST

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