History has repeated itself: Arun Jaitley on Rahul Gandhi’s promise to undo Triple Talaq Bill

Jaitley recalled when Rajiv Gandhi legislatively overturned the 1978 Shah Bano judgment of the Supreme Court under political pressure. Jaitley said that Rajiv Gandhi drove women into destitution and 32 years later, his son Rahul Gandhi was doing the same thing.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and former finance minister Arun Jaitley in a blog post on Friday (February 8) said that Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s promise to withdraw the Triple Talaq Bill to win the elections was a repetition of history.

Jaitley recalled when Rajiv Gandhi legislatively overturned the 1978 Shah Bano judgment of the Supreme Court under political pressure.

Shah Bano had won the alimony case in April 1985. Supreme Court had ruled that the Indian laws didn’t exempt Muslims and said that Bano was entitled to maintenance like any other Indian woman.

“History has repeated itself, neither as a satire nor as a tragedy. It has repeated itself with a mindset of cruelty,” Jaitley said.

Arun Jaitley said that Rajiv Gandhi’s decision drove women to poverty and destitution.

“Thirty-two years later, his son has taken another retrograde step to drive them [the women] not merely into destitution but also to live a life which is an antithesis of human existence,” Arun Jaitley said.

In December last year, a fresh bill to make the practice of triple talaq among Muslims a penal offence was introduced in Lok Sabha to replace an ordinance issued in September.

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