Well, it was always left to the “regressive” right wingers to take up the cause of gender equality. If you can’t hear India’s feminists talking very much, there must be a reason.
Respected Madam Flavia Agnes, you were able to find “positives for women” in the AIMPLB report seeking to hold on to triple talaq so that husbands don’t have to murder their wives.
Madam Agnes, when can we expect from you a detailed article on whether there are any positives for women in the affidavit against triple talaq that the Center has filed in the Supreme Court?
That deafening silence you hear is what happens when the idea of India collides with the idea of human decency. Can anyone remember one whimper from the intellectual classes, one award wapsi that was done because of the so called secular Indian state leaving women at the mercy of Sharia law?
Actually, the real issue here is not whether triple talaq is an “essential part of Islam”, but rather: so what if it is? It is not the job of the Supreme Court to decide what is Islam and what is not Islam. Islamic scholars, enthusiasts and other people interested in these matters can debate this on their own time. And more importantly, they can do this on their own dime and not on taxpayer money. The job of the Supreme Court is to enforce legal rights of citizens and if that happens to step on the toes of somebody’s religion, so be it. THAT would be a truly secular state, rather than the Nehruvian setup we have today.
If you ever find yourself in a crowded room full of secular enthusiasts and wish to have some personal space, say the three magic words: “Uniform Civil Code”. The crowd of secularists will miraculously tiptoe away and you will have the entire room to yourself.
Oh…and where is India’s biggest expert on women empowerment? Has @Office of … tweeted out anything yet about triple talaq? Will he take a stand on the issue of securing justice and dignity for millions of Muslim women? Ok ok…I will scale down my expectations from him. He doesn’t have to speak out for justice to Muslim women. I will be satisfied if he doesn’t make some horrible statement on this issue involving the words “Dalali” and “women”. Can he manage at least this much? Only time will tell.