Union Minister Naqvi says women’s constitutional rights should not be influenced by ‘Talibani thinking’

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New Delhi: Union Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Saturday said the “Taliban mindset” on women’s freedom, dignity, empowerment and constitutional equality will not be tolerated in India.

He was addressing the “Minority Day Celebrations” program organized by National Commission for Minorities, NCM here today.

“… some statements shocked me. They say girls will become evil if they marry at the age of 21. Why will they become evil? Don’t you trust them? Such mentality can only be ‘Taliban’ It is not ‘Hindustani’…,” Naqvi said.

“In this country a woman’s constitutional rights, women empowerment, women’s respect should not be affected by ‘Taliban thinking’. This country runs by constitutional principles. There is a need for social empowerment along with educational empowerment for women. Much Many countries, including some Islamic countries, have changed the provisions of marriage to empower women.”

Earlier on Wednesday, the Union Cabinet approved a proposal to increase the minimum age of marriage for women from 18 to 21. The government can move a bill in the parliament during the ongoing winter session of parliament.

First published:December 18, 2021, 6:18 pm

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