Bharatiya Janata Party deputy leader – BC Sethi said that “Muslim women dominate red-light areas of Mumbai and Kolkata”, in the Odisha Assembly. He justified his statement saying that he was quoting “survey reports”.
“What’s wrong in quoting survey reports in the House?” I have not made any adverse remarks against any community, but quoted survey reports that say Muslim women dominate the red-light areas in Mumbai and Kolkata,” he claimed.
According to Orissa Post, Sethi also said that divorcee Muslim women, who were “triple talaq victims”, were forced into prostitution in these metros.
He had made the comments while responding to Congress leaders who had criticised the Triple Talaq Bill.
“The opponents of the triple talaq bill should keep it in mind that the legislation was passed in the Parliament on the humanitarian ground to protect the interests of the women at large,” he added.
“There is nothing wrong in what I said, even in Pakistan and Bangladesh they don’t have triple talaq. This is not a matter of BJP, the Supreme Court passed a guideline and BJP implemented it, what’s wrong in that?” he asked.
The bill seeks to make the practice of instant triple talaq – which allows Muslim men to divorce their wives by uttering the word “talaq” thrice in spoken or written forms, or via electronic communication – a penal offence.
It prescribes a penalty of imprisonment up to three years for the offence and provides for subsistence allowance to married Muslim women and their children. Opposition parties have vehemently protested against the bill in its current form.