SC Reserves Verdict On Triple Talaq

The apex court which held a six-day hearing on Triple Talaq reserved its order. However, during the hearing it asked the Centre to make a law instead of waiting for the matter to be decided judicially.

New Delhi: The Supreme Court concluded its six-day hearing on triple talaq on Thursday, but reserved its order. The apex court which received a bunch of petitions challenging triple talaq, polygamy and ‘nikah halala’ conducted the hearing on the matter. A five-member Constitution bench of the top court including judges from diverse religious communities- Muslim, Hindu, Sikh, Christian and Parsi-heard the case.

As the hearing reached final leg, the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB), which defended triple talaq in the Supreme Court, on Thursday said that it is ready to issue an advisory to all qazis (Islamic jurists) to ascertain woman’s view on triple talaq and put in the nikah naama (contract of the Islamic marriage).

On Wednesday, the apex court felt that the Centre could put in place a law to deal with issues, including triple talaq, instead of waiting for it to decide on the matter judicially. It also wondered if it is possible to give Muslim woman the option to oppose triple talaq.

During the hearing, the bench comprising justices Kurian Joseph, RF Nariman, UU Lalit and Abdul Nazeer, asked, “You (Centre) said if court quashes triple talaq then you will make a law but why the government did not make a law for last 60 years?”.

Meanwhile, the counsel for AIMPLB and former Law Minister Kapil Sibal said, testing the validity of customs and practices of a community is a slippery slope and the top court must not venture into it.

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