New Delhi: All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) President Asaduddin Owaisi on Saturday taunted Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the issue of raising the legal age of marriage for women from 18 to 21 years.
“Modi Ji, when did you become our uncle? “The uncles” sit and ask questions, now, “the uncle,” says not to marry “: lambasted the head of AIMIM, quoted by the ANI news agency.
Asaduddin Owaisi was addressing a public rally in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh when he called on Muslims to promote their political strength, leadership, and participation.
“I am here to ask all of you that the 19% of Muslims in the UP need their political strength, leadership, and participation, to gain respect, to educate our youth, and to end torture and discrimination. When will Muslims wake up? He asked.
Regarding the violence in Lakshmipur Kheri, he alleged that “MoS (Home) Ajay Mishra Teni conspired and as a result, his son killed 4 farmers. But PM Modi does not suppress Teni because he does not want to upset the Brahmin society of UP ”.
Addressing the issue of raising the legal age of marriage for women from 18 to 21, Asaduddin Owaisi said, “The Center has raised the legal age of marriage for women to 21. By law, can you have sex with a woman at the age of 18, but cannot marry her at 18? What is PM Modi’s problem with marriage?
Mocking Prime Minister Modi, he added, “Now the BJP will say Owaisi and Muslims are not speaking for the sake of women. Modi Ji, when did you become our uncle? The ‘uncles’ sit and ask questions, now’ the uncle ‘says not to marry’.
Union Cabinet Approves Proposal, SP MPs make Controversial Remarks
Earlier this week, the Union Cabinet approved a proposal to raise the minimum age of marriage for women from 18 to 21. The government is likely to introduce a bill to parliament during the d winter in progress.
Some politicians have expressed disagreement with the move, including two MPs from the Samajwadi party who shared their controversial views on the issue on Friday.
Speaking to ANI news agency, Samajwadi Syed Party MP Tufail Hasan said, “Girls should be married when they reach childbearing age.” “There is nothing wrong if a mature girl is married at 16. If she can vote at 18, why can’t she get married?” he responded when asked if he thought the age of marriage for girls should be lowered to 18.
Another SP MP Shafiqur Rahman said India is a poor country and everyone wants their daughters to be married off soon.
Rahman added that “as far as the education of the girl is concerned, this also happens in her home, and can also happen in the in-laws,” expressing that he will not support the bill in parliament.
After his reported comments about women doing more “awargi” if the marriage age is raised were criticized, he clarified that he did not use the word “awargi” and his statement was misquoted. .
At the same time, Samajwadi party chairman Akhilesh Yadav had distanced himself from the controversial remarks made by the two MPs.
Asked about the contentious comments made, the former Uttar Pradesh chief minister said: “The Samajwadi party has nothing to do with such a statement. The Samajwadi Party is a progressive party and has launched programs for the advancement of girls and women ”.