Shayara Bano, the anti-triple talaq crusader has been appointed as the vice-chairperson in the state women commission by the Uttarakhand government. The appointment is from US Nagar district, with Minister of State status (MoS) given to Bano on Tuesday, 20th October, evening.
The appointment of Bano comes 10 days after she joined BJP. Now, she has been given a ministerial status by the Uttarakhand government.
Bano was the first Muslim woman to question the practice of Triple-Talaq
Bano was the first Muslim woman to have questioned the constitutionality of the practice in the Supreme Court, which allowed any Muslim man to legally divorce his wife, simply by uttering the word 'talaq' three times in oral, written or, more recently, electronic form. She challenged the apex court in 2014 four months after her husband "declared" his divorce through a speed post.
Bano joined BJP on 10th October in the presence of Bansidhar Bhagat, the state unit president in the capital city of Dehradun at the headquarters. She has been given the status along with two other women, namely Jyoti Shah Ranikhet in Almora district and Pushpa Paswan from Chamoli district.
A press statement issued by the Uttarakhand government said that the posts had been "lying vacant for long" adding that the appointees have come as a "gift in Navratri" by the chief minister.
“Shayara Bano has been appointed as vice-chairperson in the state women commission along with two others-Jyoti Shah and Pushpa Paswan with minister of state (MoS) status,” the press release stated.
Bano is one of three women to be appointed as the vice-chairperson
Darshan Singh Rawat, the media coordinator of CM Trivendra Singh Rawat said that Bano is one of the three women appointed to the post of "State Women’s Commission besides being accorded MoS status".
Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat said that the new vice-chairpersons would be instrumental in solving women related issues more efficiently and effectively.
Bano said that she was "highly influenced by BJP's principles". She said that she looks up to Prime Minister Narendra Modi as her "ideal".
“In future, I am ready to shoulder any responsibility given by the party leadership,” said Bano.
Shikha Chandra is an intern with SheThePeople.TV