After SC’s historic verdict, now, onus lies on Modi govt to bring new law on triple talaq
New Delhi, August 22: On Tuesday, India witnessed a landmark judgement on women's rights after the Supreme Court banned the practice of instant triple talaq prevalent among the Muslim community.
The apex court struck down the practice of triple talaq calling it unconstitutional and in violation of Article 14 of the Indian Constitution, which provides for equality before the law. The five-member bench was divided 3-2 on the matter, with the majority verdict striking the practice down.
The verdict on triple talaq case was given by the five-member bench comprising of Chief Justice of India JS Khehar and Justices Kurian Joseph, RF Nariman, UU Lalit and Abdul Nazeer.
Along with the CJI, Justice Nazeer wrote a dissenting opinion in the matter. The other three judges favoured a ban on the practice, which allowed Muslim men to unilaterally divorce their wives by uttering the word talaq (divorce) three times.
CJI Khehar in his judgment on triple talaq asked Parliament to frame a law on the matter within six months. Thus the current Narendra Modi government at the Centre has to frame a law banning the triple talaq within six months to uphold the judgement of the apex court.
The Modi government which backed the petitioners--mostly Muslim women who filed a slew of petitions against triple talaq to declare it "unconstitutional and unlawful" in the Supreme Court--had earlier told the apex court that the government could bring a new legislation against triple talaq once it gives its judgement banning the practice.
Since the Modi government enjoys majority both in the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha now, thus a law in this regard is likely to have a smooth sailing in Parliament.
The verdict on triple talaq is also seen as a major victory for the PM and the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) as they have been consistently supporting the ban on triple talaq as it is against the rights of Muslim women.
Moreover, Modi had on several previous occasions spoke against triple talaq and had hailed the fighting spirit of Muslim women against the practice.