NEW DELHI: Congress member of Parliament Hussain Dalwai on Friday sparked a controversy by defending triple talaq, saying that even Lord Ram doubted Sita and abandoned her.
“Women are being treated unfairly in all communities, not just Muslims, even Hindus, Christians, Sikhs etc. In every society, there is male domination. Even Shree Ram Chandra ji once left Sita ji after doubting her. So we need to change as a whole.”
The Congress party has, however, distanced itself from his remark, saying once he has clarified on his statement, there is no point in making a comment on it.
Congress spokesperson Pawan Khera said: “Such statements have been made by many people earlier. Very serious remarks were made. Few days ago, Uttar Pardesh Deputy Chief Minister Dinesh Sharma had said that Mata Sita was a ‘test-tube baby’.
“Even Union Minister Mahesh Sharma had said in Parliament that Mata Sita was a fictional character. Such statements should not be made by anyone.”
Apologising for his remark, Dalwai said: “Whatever remark I made was wrong and I have apologise. I didn’t want to hurt anybody’s sentiment. It was being intentionally politicised.”
Meanwhile, terming Dalawai’s comments as objectionable, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy said that Dalawai should have read the scriptures properly before saying such things.
“How will they feel if I say that Prophet Muhammad fell in love with his daughter-in-law, resulting in her separating from the Prophet’s son. That’s why the tradition of the ‘burkha’ started so that no one can see her face,” Swami told ANI.
“Lord Ram and Sita’s story is one of sacrifice; he should have read it properly before making such comments. Most of these Congress members are illiterate. Rahul Gandhi didn’t pass university, Sonia Gandhi didn’t pass school, Indira Gandhi failed in Oxford, Jawahar Lal Nehru failed in Cambridge. The Congress should issue an apology,” Swami added.