Apex Court’s Triple Talaq Bench Has 5 Judges From 5 Faiths
New Delhi: There is no doubt that ‘triple talaq’ is an extremely sensitive and contentious issue. It has to with Islam which is interpreted differently by men and women of the same faith. It has started hearing in the constitutional validity of triple talaq on Thursday, the first day of summer vacation.
The lead petition was titled “Quest for Equality vs Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind”. And hearing the case will be five judges from five different communities — CJI J S Khehar (Sikh) and Justices Kurian Joseph (Christian), R F Nariman (Parsi), U U Lalit (Hindu) and Abdul Nazeer (Muslim).
Every judge takes the oath saying, “I will bear true faith and solemnly affirm faith and allegiance to the Constitution of India as by law established, that I will uphold the sovereignty and integrity of India, that I will duly and faithfully and to the best of my ability, knowledge and judgment perform the duties of my office without fear or favour, affection or ill will and that I will uphold the Constitution and the laws.”
The judges cannot bring in their religious beliefs. They have to decide the case by its merits.
There are six other petitions filed by Khuran Sunnath Society, Gulshan Praveen, Afreen Rehman, Shayara Bano, Ishrat Jahan and Atiya Sabri.