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'My decision to join BJP is Vindicated'


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'My decision to join BJP is Vindicated'

2017-09-14 00:34:58

'My decision to join BJP is Vindicated'

Sofia, the first person from her family to join the BJP, had expressed a deep admiration for Modi, whom she believed was the moderate face of the party that is founded on the principle of Hindutva. When Modi chose the Hindutva firebrand Yogi Adityanath to be the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, Sofia admitted that she was shocked, but was willing to give him a chance

The News Bureau

align: justify;">Twenty-four-year-old Sofia Ahmed from Kanpur, a survivor of triple talaq, who had been facing questions for the last past eight-months for joining BJP, said she felt vindicated after the Supreme Court decided to strike down the practice of instant divorce as unconstitutional. Sofia had joined the BJP because it had promised to continue its fight towards abolishing triple talaq while campaigning for the Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh. This was in the month December of 2016, four months after she had extricated herself from a violent and abusive relationship with a man from a powerful political family in Kanpur.

"Today, I'm feeling so proud. I know now that I didn't take the wrong decision. I did the right thing by joining the BJP," she told a newspaper. "This is a historic judgment," she said.On August 21, in a 3-2 ruling, the Supreme Court said that triple talaq, practiced by Sunni Muslims in the country, violated the right to equality enshrined in the Constitution.

Sofia, who is the mother of a two-year-old, is now confident that more Muslim women will come forward to support the party. "This judgment is going to make a big change in how Muslim women think about the BJP. I think women will realize that Prime Minister Modi stood up for us and it was not just an empty promise," she said.

Joining politics gave Sofia’s life a new meaning. Her husband, a serial adulterer, would allegedly wield triple talaq as a weapon. If she dared to question him about his affairs, he would threaten her with instant divorce. She said there were times when he would come home in a drunken stupor and say talaq three times, half-serious and half-joking.

At the time, Sofia, the first person from her family to join the BJP, had expressed a deep admiration for Modi, whom she believed was the moderate face of the party that is founded on the principle of Hindutva.

When Modi chose the Hindutva firebrand Yogi Adityanath to be the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, Sofia admitted that she was shocked, but was willing to give him a chance. For Sofia, the triple talaq verdict is simply "too huge" for the Muslim community to ignore. Millions of Muslim women will celebrate it because it is a slap in the face of the religious leaders in the community who had opposed change for so long. Speaking in the context of the Muslim clergy, she said, "Muslims are chief enemies of Muslims. Today as a Muslim woman, I'm telling you that I feel safer among Hindus than I do among Muslims."

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'My decision to join BJP is Vindicated'

2017-09-14 00:34:58

Sofia, the first person from her family to join the BJP, had expressed a deep admiration for Modi, whom she believed was the moderate face of the party that is founded on the principle of Hindutva. When Modi chose the Hindutva firebrand Yogi Adityanath to be the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, Sofia admitted that she was shocked, but was willing to give him a chance

The News Bureau

align: justify;">Twenty-four-year-old Sofia Ahmed from Kanpur, a survivor of triple talaq, who had been facing questions for the last past eight-months for joining BJP, said she felt vindicated after the Supreme Court decided to strike down the practice of instant divorce as unconstitutional. Sofia had joined the BJP because it had promised to continue its fight towards abolishing triple talaq while campaigning for the Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh. This was in the month December of 2016, four months after she had extricated herself from a violent and abusive relationship with a man from a powerful political family in Kanpur.

"Today, I'm feeling so proud. I know now that I didn't take the wrong decision. I did the right thing by joining the BJP," she told a newspaper. "This is a historic judgment," she said.On August 21, in a 3-2 ruling, the Supreme Court said that triple talaq, practiced by Sunni Muslims in the country, violated the right to equality enshrined in the Constitution.

Sofia, who is the mother of a two-year-old, is now confident that more Muslim women will come forward to support the party. "This judgment is going to make a big change in how Muslim women think about the BJP. I think women will realize that Prime Minister Modi stood up for us and it was not just an empty promise," she said.

Joining politics gave Sofia’s life a new meaning. Her husband, a serial adulterer, would allegedly wield triple talaq as a weapon. If she dared to question him about his affairs, he would threaten her with instant divorce. She said there were times when he would come home in a drunken stupor and say talaq three times, half-serious and half-joking.

At the time, Sofia, the first person from her family to join the BJP, had expressed a deep admiration for Modi, whom she believed was the moderate face of the party that is founded on the principle of Hindutva.

When Modi chose the Hindutva firebrand Yogi Adityanath to be the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, Sofia admitted that she was shocked, but was willing to give him a chance. For Sofia, the triple talaq verdict is simply "too huge" for the Muslim community to ignore. Millions of Muslim women will celebrate it because it is a slap in the face of the religious leaders in the community who had opposed change for so long. Speaking in the context of the Muslim clergy, she said, "Muslims are chief enemies of Muslims. Today as a Muslim woman, I'm telling you that I feel safer among Hindus than I do among Muslims."