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Mayawati opposes interference in Muslim personal laws including triple talaq

Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati has said that she is against "interference" in Muslim personal laws, including triple talaq. In an interview to the Hindustan Times, she said that the women from the minority community were aware of their rights and capable of fighting their own battles.

The practice of triple talaq, which allows a Muslim man to divorce his wife by pronouncing the word talaq thrice in one go, faces many legal challenges and has triggered a huge debate.

"Matters of religion should be left to those practising it. People of one religion should not interfere in another religion. There is a need for consensus. Muslim mahilayen swayam bhi jagaruk hain. Wah apni baat swayam hi rakh sakati hain (Muslim women are well-informed and capable of articulating their views)," the BSP supremeo said.

Triple talaq is likely to be a major issue in the five state elections due early next year, including in Uttar Pradesh where Muslim vote could influence the outcome in 100 of the 403 assembly segments.

Mayawati said that BJP was resorting to "purana raag (old tune)" on triple talaq and the Ram temple in Ayodhya as elections were approaching. Both Hindus and Muslims were aware of the ploy and could see through their "chunawi hathkanda (poll gimmicks)", Mayawati said during the interview.