BJP minority morcha welcomes SC verdict on triple talaq

What is instant triple talaq?

What is instant triple talaq?

The Supreme Court held triple talaq being practised by the Muslim community as "unconstitutional", "arbitrary" and "not part of Islam".

Moreover, the central government also seemed to indicate that there was no need for a new law to check triple talaq as the Supreme Court had declared it unconstitutional.

The All India Shia Personal Law Board spokesperson Maulana Yasoob Abbas too welcomed the decision, saying it will help end harassment of Muslim women in the name of triple talaq.

The opposition Congress called it "a progressive, secular judgment for equal rights of Muslim women in India".

"A regressive practice of triple talaq has been struck down".

It had also launched a signature campaign seeking non-interference in Muslim personal law.

Justice Joseph disagreed with the view of the CJI that though triple talaq is fundamental to Islam, its practice can be stayed by the SC by exercising extra-ordinary powers under Article 142 of the Constitution.

The verdict was hailed by the government, political parties, activists and the petitioners, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi describing it as "historic" and saying it has granted equality to Muslim women.

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Her case received a boost from a vocal campaign by the Indian Muslim Women's Movement that had pushed for a ban for years. They held triple talaq violated the right to equality because it was instant in nature, was irreversible and broke the marital tie.

"Welcome the Supreme Court decision setting aside instant Triple Talaq".

She said Chief Justice J.S. Khehar and Justice S. Abdul Nazeer have stated that only the issue of "talaq-e-biddat needs re-examination".

Under "talaq ahsan", a Muslim man can divorce his spouse by pronouncing "talaq" once every month in three consecutive months, which would be signified by menstruation cycles.

He told the government to come up with a new law within six months.

India's civil codes are created to protect the independence of religious communities. This law has caused many Muslim women destitute by husbands divorcing them through the controversial practice. In April this year, it issued an eight-point code of conduct to prevent the "misuse" of the practice and other Islamic laws (Shariah) to pre-empt an adverse verdict from the apex court.

Most of the 170 million Muslims in India are Sunnis governed by Muslim Personal Law for family matters and disputes.

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