Triple Talaq unconstitutional, rules court
The issue is over the instantaneous triple talaq’ and not triple talaq itself, which is allowed by the Quran as long as the three utterances are spread over 90 days.
Earlier this week, Islamic organisation Jamiat Ulema-i-Hind told the Supreme Court there is no scope for interference with the Muslim Personal Law in which triple talaq is deeply rooted. In the argument that it forwarded, the Jamiat stated that the Muslim Personal Law has an element of certainty and is not local or regional in operation.
“There is no scope for interference with the Muslim Personal Law, which is based on primarily the Holy Quran and the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad, explained and applied by various scholars of great antiquity and authority after thorough research,” it said.
“The protection of peculiarities in personal laws is necessary for securing freedom of religion and bringing uniformity by removing those peculiarities shall be enforcement of Uniform Civil Code by the judicial process, which shall be against the constitutional bar,” it said.
In November, the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) decided to form a women’s wing to discuss the issues of talaq, among several others. AIMPLB passed a resolution in favour of triple talaq. The resolution passed at the AIMPLB’s three-day convention stated that the government was infringing into the personal laws of Muslims.