SC judgement on triple talaq today

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 22 Aug 2017 08:57:52



THE Supreme Court would pronounce on Tuesday a historic judgement on the controversial issue of whether the practice of triple talaq among Muslims is fundamental to the religion.
A five-judge constitution bench headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar had reserved its verdict on May 18 after a six-day marathon hearing during the summer vacation.

During the hearing, the apex court had clarified that it may not deliberate upon the issue of polygamy and said it would only examine whether triple talaq was part of an “enforceable” fundamental right to practice religion by the Muslims.
Besides CJI Khehar, the bench also included Justices Kurian Joseph, R F Nariman, U U Lalit and S Abdul Nazeer.

The bench, made up of judges from different religious communities — Sikh, Christian, Parsi, Hindu and Muslim, had heard seven pleas, including five separate petitions filed by Muslim women challenging the prevalent practice of triple talaq in the community.

The petitioners had claimed that the practice of triple talaq was unconstitutional. The Muslim women, who had filed the petitions, have challenged the practice of triple talaq in which the husband pronounces ‘talaq’ thrice in one go, sometimes even by phone or a text message, to get a divorce.