New Delhi: Backing Uttar Pradesh Cabinet minister Swami Prasad Maurya’controversial comment on triple talaq, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy on Saturday said that in Islam there is no gender equality and women have third class status. Talking to leading news agency ANI, Swamy said,”There is no doubt that in Islamic practice and preaching women have been given second or third class status. Triple talaq, marrying four wives tradition are examples of that.” Also Read - Maharashtra Man Booked For Giving Triple Talaq to Wife Over Phone

“Islam religion permits men to commit atrocities against women. Maulana’s may disguise the fact but this is the reality of Muslim religion,” he further added. Also Read - Uttar Pradesh Shocker: 10-Year-Old Girl Married Off to Rapist, Given Triple Talaq

Earlier on Friday, Uttar Pradesh Cabinet minister Swami Prasad Maurya triggered a controversy by saying Muslims choose triple talaq to satisfy their ‘lust’ by changing wives. While talking to media at Bharatiya Janata Party leader Jitendra Pal’s residence in Basti district of Uttar Pradesh, Maurya  said,”Koi hawas pura karne ke liye lagatar patni badle;bachon-patni ko bheek mangne pe mazboor kare,ise koi acha nhi kahega (Just to ease lust, if someone changes his wife or force children to beg then no one would appreciate it.” Also Read - Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath Announces Annual Pension of Rs 6,000 For Triple Talaq Victims

Condemning his comments, the All-India Muslim Women’s Personal Law Board (AIMWPLB) demanded Maurya’s resignation. Talking to ANI, AIMWPLB President, Shaista Amber said, “Where on the one hand, Muslim women are fighting for their injustice, Cabinet Ministers like Swamy Prasad Maurya are making such obnoxious statements. He should be given strict punishment and should be sacked from his post. I would appeal to Yogi ji to sent Maurya to a mental asylum. This is disturbing. They don’t know Islam at all. If he won’t apologize, I will go to the Supreme Court against him if needed.”

(With inputs from ANI)