Mumbai: Started what it appears to counter Narendra Modi's assertions about "triple talaq" and "Rights of Muslim women" made during a rally in Uttar Pradesh on Monday, an online petition accused the prime minister of hypocrisy, ruining the life of his estranged wife Jashodaben and a "young girl from Ahmedabad" and asked him to first "practice what he preaches".
The online petition titled "Justice for Jadhodaben" by Mission Possible for Justice & Rights has received more than 1350 - 1373 to be specific, signatures in just few hours of its launch on Tuesday October 25, 2016.
The online petition while quoting different newspaper reports to cite Prime Minister Narendra Modi's speech during the rally in Uttar Pradesh on Monday accused him of double standard, destroying the life of Jashodaben - his estranged wife and a "young girl from Ahmedabad" and called upon him to stop "shedding crocodile tears and stop patronizing Muslim women".
"While the issue of triple talaq, is a contentious one, in the Muslim community itself, with no legitimacy found for the practice in the Holy Qur'an and the books of Hadiths (Sayings of the Prophet (SAWS)), we the undersigned would want to ask Mr Prime Minister, what is the crime of your wife Jashodaben, who you abandoned after marrying, without giving her the rights of a wife, which she, like every other married woman deserves?", the petition asks.
"Mr. Prime Minister, why don't you first practice what you preach, and put your house in order, before giving hollow speeches to trump up communal discord in the country?", it asks.
"Not only have you deprived Jashodaben, the rights of a wife, you have also deprived her of the rights, which she as a citizen of this country deserves. In 2015, when Jashodaben tried to get a passport to travel abroad, to visit her family and friends, her application was returned because "there was no marriage certificate or a joint affidavit with the spouse". And according to the passport office, a marriage certificate or a joint affidavit is a required document to get the passport", the petition says quoting a report published in The Hindu.
"Not only your wife, you also ruined the life of a young girl, from Ahmedabad in Gujarat, who was tailed, stalked, taped, tracked, snooped, spied upon by dozens of Gujarat state police, Crime Branch police, State Intelligence Bureau officials, Anti-Terrorism Squad, which was done under the instructions of the then State Minister of Home Amit Shah for his ‘Saheb’, who turned out to be none other than you", the petition says quoting a report in Deccan Chronicle.
"Mr. Prime Minister, your role in the 2002 Gujarat Pogrom is infamous, where under your watchful eyes, up to 2,500 Muslims were massacred, while you and your government, as the Supreme Court, later remarked, like "modern day Neros were looking elsewhere when Best Bakery and innocent children and helpless women were burning and were probably deliberating how the perpetrators of the crime can be protected", the petition says quoting a Times of India report.
"A person like you, giving lectures on women's rights is drenched in hypocrisy, because the world knows, how much you took care of Muslim women when they were being raped and burnt by mobs under your nose", the petition says.
"So, Mr. Prime Minister, stop shedding crocodile tears and stop patronizing Muslim women. If you really mean, what you say, then apologize and stand trial for the crimes you have committed against Muslim women, against your wife and against the young women who was stalked under your orders. Every other conversation starts after that", the petition says.
Read the complete online petition by clicking here.