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Justice For Jashodaben

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in a speech, dated 24/10/2016, condemned the practice of the so-called 'triple talaq system', which he, like his party claims is widely prevalent in the Muslim community.

Addressing the so-called ‘Parivartan Maharally’ in Bundelkhand, he said, “What is the crime of my Muslim sister that just like that over the telephone someone says ‘talaq’ three times and her whole life should be ruined?...No injustice should be meted out to our mothers and sisters in the name of religion or community.” (Ref: http://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/women-rights-is-a-development-issue-don-t-politicise-triple-talaq-pm-modi/story-VDaGsDF4isPDsOuOdM94YM.html)

In Islam, women are active agents in marriage and divorce, having rights to marry who they want and seek divorce if they want. The issue of triple talaq like you would want the people of this country to believe is not prevalent in the Muslim community. The unfortunate cases, where such incidents have been witnessed, the community by and large has strongly stood by the victim, and the law of the land has also ruled in their favour. (Ref: http://www.epw.in/journal/2016/20/web-exclusives/muslim-womens-rights-and-media-coverage.html)

While the issue of triple talaq, is a contentious one, in the Muslim community itself, with no legitimacy found for the practice in the Holy Qur'an and the books of Hadiths (Sayings of the Prophet (SAWS)), we the undersigned would want to ask Mr Prime Minister, what is the crime of your wife Jashodaben, who you abandoned after marrying, without giving her the rights of a wife, which she, like every other married woman deserves?

Mr. Prime Minister, why don't you first practice what you preach, and put your house in order, before giving hollow speeches to trump up communal discord in the country?

Not only have you deprived Jashodaben, the rights of a wife, you have also deprived her of the rights, which she as a citizen of this country deserves. In 2015, when Jashodaben tried to get a passport to travel abroad, to visit her family and friends, her application was returned because "there was no marriage certificate or a joint affidavit with the spouse". And according to the passport office, a marriage certificate or a joint affidavit is a required document to get the passport. (Ref: http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/no-passport-for-narendra-modis-wife-as-she-has-no-marriage-certificate/article7855384.ece)

Not only your wife, you also ruined the life of a young girl, from Ahmedabad in Gujarat, who was tailed, stalked, taped, tracked, snooped, spied upon by dozens of Gujarat state police, Crime Branch police, State Intelligence Bureau officials, Anti-Terrorism Squad, which was done under the instructions of the then State Minister of Home Amit Shah for his ‘Saheb’, who turned out to be none other than you. (Ref: http://www.deccanchronicle.com/131121/news-current-affairs/article/snoopgate-exposes-modi-leela%E2%80%99)

Mr. Prime Minister, your role in the 2002 Gujarat Pogrom is infamous, where under your watchful eyes, up to 2,500 Muslims were massacred, while you and your government, as the Supreme Court, later remarked, like "modern day Neros were looking elsewhere when Best Bakery and innocent children and helpless women were burning and were probably deliberating how the perpetrators of the crime can be protected." (Ref: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Modi-modern-day-Nero-SC/articleshow/612448.cms)

A person like you, giving lectures on women's rights is drenched in hypocrisy, because the world knows, how much you took care of Muslim women when they were being raped and burnt by mobs under your nose.

So, Mr. Prime Minister, stop shedding crocodile tears and stop patronizing Muslim women. If you really mean, what you say, then apologize and stand trial for the crimes you have committed against Muslim women, against your wife and against the young women who was stalked under your orders. Every other conversation starts after that.



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