AIMPLB demands Muslim women's security until law on triple talaq is made

AIMPLB demands Muslim women's security until law on triple talaq is made

Three of the five ruled that the practice was unconstitutional, overruling the senior-most judge in India, the chief justice - he then announced a suspension of the practice, and told the Government to come up with a new law within six months.

The Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) chairperson Swati Maliwal said the apex court verdict has empowered Muslim women who have been victims of the instant divorce system in the country.

In October 2015, the Supreme Court of India, in a rare move, questioned whether the Muslim personal law practices regarding marriage and divorce objectify women. I thank the Modi-led government for its resolve in delegitimising on this issue.

The Indian Supreme Court has given a historical decision of "Triple Talaq" issue in Muslims.

The All India Muslim Personal Law Board, a non-governmental body that lobbies for the application of Islamic civil laws and opposes any ban on triple talaq, also welcomed the verdict, saying it "accords protection to Muslim personal laws".

Prime Minister Narendra Modi hailed the ruling as historic, and tweeted that it "grants equality" to Muslim women.

In recent years, there has been an increasing number of case where Muslim husbands have used this practice to divorce their wives, especially via WhatsApp and Skype. "This judgment needs to be accepted and the law must be made as soon as possible", said Shayara Bano, one of the main petitioners in the case.

During the hearing, the apex court had said that the practice of "three divorces" is "worst" and it is not "the desired method" to break the marriage between Muslims.

The Supreme Court further asked the Union Government to formulate a new legislation within six months.

While Justice Khehar and Justice Abdul Nazeer upheld the practice of triple talaq, justices Kurian Joseph, RF Nariman and UU Lalit held that the practice needs to be abolished. The verdict was pronounced by a five-member judge panel that had judges belonging to different religious faiths. However, the trials of the triple talaq divorce have been a violation of the fundamental rights of women.

He also reassured that the decision is neither a disappointment to the Muslim men and women, nor interference on the Shariat.

Zakia Soman (Co-founder of the Indian Muslim Women's Movement): "It's a very happy day for us". Instant talaq, or "talaq-e-biddat", is banned in 22 Muslim-majority countries, including Pakistan, for being sinful and arbitrary.

He said merely because a practice has continued for long, that by itself can not make it valid if it has been expressly declared to be impermissible.

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