All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen chief Asaduddin Owaisi on Tuesday demanded that the Centre introduce a law that penalises the act of calling an Indian Muslim “Pakistani”, ANI reported. Those guilty of the act should be given a penalty of three years in prison, Owaisi suggested during a debate in the Lok Sabha.
Muslims in India are made to feel like outsiders despite having rejected Mohammad Ali Jinnah’s two-nation theory during the formation of Pakistan, News18 quoted him as saying.
Owaisi expressed his fears that the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government would not introduce the bill. He also described the triple talaq bill as “anti-women”. Owaisi has been a proponent of the Islamic practice of triple talaq. “We [Indian Muslims] also have our own culture. We will marry and divorce the way we want to. Nobody should direct us about what we should do,” Owaisi had told India Today.