Will end the practice of Triple Talaq in 18 months: AIMPLB Vice-President

The Centre had on October 7 last year opposed in the Supreme Court the practice of triple talaq, 'nikah halala' and polygamy among Muslims.

Amid ongoing debate over the issue of Triple Talaq, the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) has said that it will do away with this practice in a year-and-a-half. According to reports, Dr Sayeed Sadiq, the vice-president of the AIMPLB said this, adding that there was no need for “government interference”.

The statement comes two days after the Muslim body claimed that it had received 3.50 crore forms from Muslim women around the country, favouring triple talaq and the Shariyat. Asma Zohra, chief organiser of the AIMPLB’s women wing had claimed this while addressing a gathering of around 20,000 women at a workshop. The board had also told the Supreme Court that the pleas challenging triple talaq are not maintainable as the issue is outside the realm of judiciary.

The board had also said that the validity of Mohammedan Law, founded essentially on the Holy Quran and sources based on it, cannot be tested on the particular provisions of the Constitution.

The Centre had on October 7 last year opposed in the Supreme Court the practice of triple talaq, ‘nikah halala’ and polygamy among Muslims and favoured a relook on grounds like gender equality and secularism.

The latest to speak out against triple talaq was Salma Ansari, the wife of Vice-President Hamid Ansari. On the sidelines of a function on April 9, Salma had said that uttering ‘talaq’ thrice does not amount to divorce and asked Muslim women to read the Quran thoroughly instead of relying on clerics.

Meanwhile, the constitutional bench of the Supreme Court will begin hearing into triple talaq case from May 11. The please challenging the validity of triple talaq will be heard in the top court by a 5-judge bench. Several women have filed a petition before the Supreme Court seeking the quashing of the triple talaq practice.

The apex court had earlier stated that it will not debate the important issue of uniform civil code (UCC). However, the petitioners had told the apex court that the matter is a serious and sensitive issue and the court should hear it.