The controversial Muslim practice of Triple Talaq, that allows a man to leave his wife immediately by uttering ‘talaq’ thrice, has been banned by the Supreme Court, after the court today called it illegal and unworthy.
According to a NDTV report, a panel of five judges said that triple talaq “is not integral to religious practice and violates constitutional morality”.
Triple talaq is legal for Muslims according to the constitution, but several Muslim women who have been divorced, including by Skype and on WhatsApp, had challenged the 1400-year-old practice.
The apex court called triple talaq “bad in law” and said that the court hopes that the legislature will consider and take into account Muslim Personal Law while making legislation.
The court also mentioned that all parties must keep their politics away and decide this.
Referring to the abolition of the practice in Islamic countries, the court questioned, “Why can’t independent India get rid of it?”
Five judges of different faiths – Chief Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar, Justice Kurian Joseph, Justice Rohinton Fali Nariman, Justice Uday Umesh Lalit and Justice S Abdul Nazeer – heard the case over five days from May 12 to May 18.
Two of the five judges who differed said while triple talaq “may be sinful”, the court can’t interfere in personal laws that are considered a fundamental right by the constitution.
Following the verdict, Twitter users came in support of the verdict and hailed the apex court’s decision.
Here’s how Twitterati reacted:
SC Verdict deeming #TripleTalaq in one sitting to be unconstitutional is welcome victory for movement led by Muslim women’s groups
— Kavita Krishnan (@kavita_krishnan) August 22, 2017
It shouldn’t matter whether #TripleTalaq is Islamic or un-Islamic, has blessing of Quran or not. It is inhuman and unjust. It has to go
— Abhijit Majumder (@abhijitmajumder) August 22, 2017
— Aditya Patel (@AdityaP74870938) August 22, 2017
A historic day for Indian Muslim women. Great step by the honourable court. #TripleTalaq
— Ratnesh Pandey (@ratneshprem) August 22, 2017
Welcome the verdict of SC striking down #TripleTalaq. It is a constructive,progressive decision that must be welcomed by all right thinkers
— Manish Tiwari (@manishtware) August 22, 2017
The Supreme Court’s decision to declare #TripleTalaq as unconstitutional is a historic milestone in Muslim women’s rights movement in India.
— Tufail Ahmad (@tufailelif) August 22, 2017
Heartily welcome the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down #TripleTalaq practise. Our Indian Muslim sisters can now lead a dignified life.
— Senthamil Arasu (@SenthamilArasuG) August 22, 2017
— Manika Krishnan (@Manika1701) August 22, 2017