The Centre is likely to take "a major step" to ban triple talaq after the ongoing Assembly polls, Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has said and dared Samajwadi Party, Congress and BSP to make their stand clear on the contentious issue.
Insisting that the issue is not related to religion but involves respect and dignity of women, he said the government "respects faith but worship and social evil cannot co-exist".
He said the tradition of triple talaq denies respect for women and the central government is committed to end the "evil social practice".
"The government may take a major step to ban triple talaq after the UP Assembly polls," he said while addressing a press conference in Ghaziabad last evening.
The Assembly polls being held in UP and four other states will conclude on March 11.
Asserting that "every pernicious practice" cannot be part of a religion, the minister, who is a lawyer himself, said the Centre would raise the issue in the Supreme Court on three points — justice, equality and dignity of women.
"We are the only party which respects women. Neither do other parties offer a good place to women nor do they respect them," said Prasad, a senior BJP leader.
"The government respects faith but worship and social evil cannot co-exist," he said.
Addressing a press conference in Lucknow today, the union minister said, "I want Akhilesh Yadav, Rahul Gandhi and Mayawati to clarify their stand on the issue of triple talaq. Our (BJP's) stand is very clear. The issue is not related to religion but involves respect and dignity of women."