The central government on Saturday backed its stand on triple âtalaq, saying that their decision is based on the principles of gender equality, justice and is in a state of harmony with the soul of the constitution.
On October 7, the Centre had opposed in the Supreme Court the practice of triple talaq among Muslims, maintaining that it cannot be regarded as an essential part of the religion.
"Our stand on triple talaq which we had to be spelt out in response to a query by the apex court is precisely in accordance with the principles of gender justice, equality and dignity enshrined in the Constitution of India," Union Minister for Law and Justice Ravi Shankar Prasad said.
Welcoming the ongoing debate on triple talaq in the country, he said there must be a discussion on the status of a large section of women in a secular country like India as to whether or not they should be kept in a vulnerable condition.
Mr Prasad said the provision of triple talaq should also be viewed in the light of the fact that it doesn't exist or is regulated by law in at least a dozen Muslim countries including Pakistan, Bangladesh, Morocco, Egypt, Iran and Sudan besides several others.
Replying to a question whether it did not reflect the BJP's desire to impose a uniform civil code in the country, he said the two were separate issues.
"The law commission is discussing the issue of a uniform civil code and our stand on the issue of triple talaq has got nothing to do with that," he said.
The Ministry of Law and Justice, in its affidavit, also referred to constitutional principles like gender equality, secularism, international covenants, religious practices and marital law prevalent in various Islamic countries to drive home the point that the practice of triple talaq, 'nikah halala' and polygamy needed to be adjudicated upon afresh by the apex court.
(With inputs from PTI)