UP Cabinet minister Swamy Prasad Mauraya Saturday stirred a new controversy while saying that Muslim women have ‘third class’ status in Islam.
On Friday, while Mauraya was present at BJP leader Jitendra Pal`s residence in Uttar Pradesh`s Basti, for a personal event ,he said “Muslim men resort to triple talaq to quench their `lust` by changing wives”.
“There is no doubt that in Islamic practice and preaching, women have been given second or third class status. Triple talaq, marrying four wives tradition are examples of that,” Swamy told media persons.
“Muslim personal law board has no provision on the issue,” He added.
Consequently Mauray’s statement evoked a sharp reaction from the All India Muslim Women`s Personal Law Board (AIMWPLB) claiming that Maurya has humiliated Muslim women across the nation with his statement, and demanded his resignation.
“Where on the one hand, Muslim women are fighting for their injustice, cabinet ministers like Swamy Prasad Maurya are making such obnoxious statements”. AIMWPLB President, Shaista Amber told news agencies.
“He should be given strict punishment and should be sacked from his post. I would appeal to Yogi ji to sent Maurya to a mental asylum.” This is disturbing. They don`t know Islam at all. If he won`t apologize, I will go to the Supreme Court against him if needed,” she added.
Meanwhile, BJP leader and Parliament member Subramaniam Swamy termed Swamy Prasad Maurya’s statement as ‘correct`.
BJP minister also resorted to similar statements and while endorsing Mauraya’s statements Subramaniam Swamy said, “Islam religion permits men to commit atrocities against women. Maulana`s may disguise the fact but this is the reality of Muslim religion.”