Need to go beyond triple talaq, abolish Sharia law: Taslima

Need to go beyond triple talaq, abolish Sharia law: Taslima

PM Modi said the judgement will serve as a powerful measure for women's empowerment.

The issue was whether talaq-e-biddat was violative of the fundamental and human rights of gender equality and dignity of Muslim women. The government must consult Islamic scholars, Muslim intellectuals of all sections and take into consideration their views, objections or suggestions, before framing the new law, as stipulated by the apex court, they said.

General Secretary of All India Muslim Personal Law Board Wali Rehmani said, "We have mixed reaction on the verdict".

The bench, comprising five senior judges of different faiths, deliberated for three months before issuing its order in response to petitions from seven Muslim women who had been divorced through the practice known as triple talaq.

"It is a beginning of a new epoch of self-respect and equality for Muslim women".

More than a dozen Muslim-majority countries have banned triple talaq, including Iran and Pakistan, but it has persisted in India because there is no uniform set of laws governing marriage, inheritance and divorce.

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"Triple talaq is not integral to religious practice and violates constitutional morality", said the court.

The two dissenting judges said India could not outlaw triple talaq because it would infringe on individual freedoms. Indeed, the burden of promoting equality for women while simultaneously avoiding a fundamental adjustment in the status of Islamic personal laws should not always have to be borne by the apex court.

"There was no arrangement of triple talaq in the times of Holy Prophet... I congratulate the women who fought for justice", he said on Twitter.

"There is a proposal to include in Nikaahnama that the practice of triple talaq is a crime against religion and the Kazi (cleric) should explicitly inform the bride and the groom about this". Three of the five Supreme Court judges called the controversial practice "un-Islamic, arbitrary and unconstitutional".

They said if a legislation banning triple talaq completely is placed before Parliament within six months, the stay on the practice would continue till Parliament enacted or rejected the law.

Even those who disagree with the BJP's saffron ideology will agree that a common civil code, which doesn't discriminate between religions, is not only appropriate but necessary in a polity which deems itself to be a secular republic.

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