India's Supreme Court rules 'triple talaq' Muslim divorce law 'unconstitutional'

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Women activists and women's rights organisations today hailed the Supreme Court verdict on triple talaq and termed it as a "historic step" in the empowerment of women.

If law doesn't come in force in six months, then SC's injunction on triple talaq will continue.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday declared the practice of instant triple talaq as void, illegal and unconstitutional as it is against the tenets of the Holy Quran and also violates the Sharia law.

Recently, while delivering his address to the nation on the 71st Independence Day from the ramparts of the Red Fort, Prime Minister Modi expressed his admiration towards the courage of women who have been suffering due to Triple Talaq.

"We hope the legislature will consider and take into account Muslim Personal Law while making legislation".

The Centre is unlikely to rush into getting Parliament to pass a legislation following the Supreme Court's verdict declaring Islamic instant divorce law as arbitrary and unconstitutional.

Five of the country's most senior judges came to the landmark verdict, calling the practice "bad in law", according to NDTV. The board further said that a Muslim woman had every right to pronounce triple talaq in all forms, and also ask for very high "mehr" amount in case of talaq.

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Triple talaq is a 1400 year-old practice which gives the right to Muslim men to arbitrarily divorce their wives by pronouncing talaq (the Arabic word for divorce) thrice.

It had said that all personal laws must be in conformity with the Constitution and rights of marriage, divorce, property and succession has to be treated in the same class and has to be in conformity with the Constitution.

India's right-wing government is considered to be largely in favor of banning triple talaq.

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.

Sources are saying that some of the big Muslim parties and person are welcoming this new rule.

Opposing view of Justice Khehar and Nazeer, Justices Rohinton Fali Nariman, Uday Umesh Lalit and Kurian Joseph said that triple talaq is unconstitutional.

The bench had on May 18 reserved its verdict after a six-day marathon hearing during summer vacation. Muslim religious elderly desire not to intervene by courts or governments on this whole religious issue.

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