Triple talaq verdict: Amit Shah lauds SC judgement as historic, calls it 'step towards New India'

New Delhi: BJP chief Amit Shah on Tuesday welcomed the Supreme Court's verdict on triple talaq as "historic" and said it marked the beginning of a new epoch of equality and self-respect for Muslim women in the country.

File image of BJP chief Amit Shah. PTI

File image of BJP chief Amit Shah. PTI

Shah also thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP-led central government for presenting the viewpoint of the Muslim women, who contested the issue, "in a just manner" before the apex court.

Viewing it as a "resolute step towards New India", he stressed that the Supreme Court's majority verdict was not a defeat or win for anyone. It was a "victory of rights to equality and fundamental Constitutional rights", Shah told reporters.

"We welcome the verdict. The Supreme Court has given a historic decision. This verdict has given the right to crores of women to live with equality and dignity. It is a beginning of a new epoch of self-respect and equality for Muslim women. The party (BJP) welcomes the rights and respect the women have received and sees it as a resolute step towards a New India," he said.

The BJP chief observed that the law of triple talaq does not exist in many Muslim countries across the world.

The Supreme Court by a majority verdict on Tuesday set aside the practice of divorce through triple talaq among Muslims, saying the practice was void, illegal and unconstitutional.

The apex court held that the triple talaq was against the basic tenets of Quran.

Updated Date: Aug 22, 2017 16:00 PM

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