Markandey Katju, the former Chairman of Press Council fo India and a judge of the Supreme Court of India, have made some controversial statements and put forward his thoughts and views on Tuesday afternoon. (check: NBSE Results 2016.)
Today, Justice Markandey Katju has hard hit the outdated and backward customs prevailing in the Muslim society. He emphasized that Muslims should leave some of the nonsense traditions and customs which are holding them back and become modern.
Following are the statements of Markandey Katju made on his Facebook page.
‘I’m against oral talaq and burqa‘
“I am strongly against oral talaq and burqa among Muslims, and I support the demand of a uniform civil code,” Katju wrote on his official Facebook page.
“Sharia law has done great harm to Muslims, and has contributed in keeping them backward. The time has come when it must be abolished (just as the old Hindu Law was abolished in 1955 and 1956 by statutes ). It is only due to vote bank politics and bigotry of some die hard feudal minded Muslims that this has not yet been done. So I support the recent demand of some modern minded Muslim womens organizations in this connection,” Markandey Katju wrote.
‘Sharia was made by Allah, and so cannot be abolished – This is nonsense‘
“The very fact that oral talaq is permitted to only Muslim males, but not to females shows that Sharia treats women as inferior. But some claim that Sharia was made by Allah, and so cannot be abolished. This is nonsense and humbug. Customary non statutory law was not made by anyone, but evolved in accordance with the social system prevalent at that time.”
‘Wearing burqa is stupid backward practice‘
“In the middle ages women were everywhere regarded as inferior to men. Thus, according to the old non statutory Hindu Law, a man could marry as many wives as he wanted, but a woman could marry only one husband. This shows that the old Hindu Law too treated women as inferior. Similarly, wearing burqa is a stupid backward practice. If a woman wears a sari or salwar kameez surely she is not nude. Why should women be kept in a cage ? It is time now that Muslim men tell their wives and other female relatives to discard burqa, and support the demand for abolition of oral talaq.“
‘Always supported Muslims‘
“I have always supported Muslims whenever any atrocity or injustice was done to them. But I am an opponent of outdated backward feudal customs and practices among all communities, e.g. the caste system among Hindus and looking down on dalits.”
The above statements have been taken from his Facebook page.
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