Published: Fri, April 14, 2017
World | By Carl Welch

Muslim Law Board to abolish triple talaq within 18 months

Muslim Law Board to abolish triple talaq within 18 months

It also discussed anger among Muslim women on the issue. According to media reports, the woman, identified as Aligarh resident Rehana, has been married for five years, and has said she won't leave the premises until she is allowed to enter. She said several women had met her with grievances related to triple talaq.

The government termed the practices of triple talaq and polygamy as patriarchal notions that impeded women's role in society.

"The practices which are under challenge, namely, triple talaq, nikah halala and polygamy are practices which impact the social status and dignity of Muslim women and render them unequal and vulnerable qua men belonging to their own community, women belonging to other communities and also Muslim women outside India", the Centre said. Adityanath said that in case a widow opts for remarriage, she would get Rs 51,000 in place of Rs 11,000 and dowry victims would also get Rs 500 as financial assistance per month for lgal aid and if need be, a one-time payment of Rs 10,000. A constitution bench will take up for consideration the validity of the two practices during the coming summer vacation, although no formal date has been fixed yet for the hearing sometime in May-June.

On March 27, the Board told the Supreme Court that talaq and polygamy are integral part of the religion of Sunni Muslims and the court could not alter the sanctity of personal laws.

The board, however, has opposed the PILs and filed a counter affidavit in the apex court defending Muslim personal laws and triple talaq. "There can be no "talaq" (divorce) just because someone utters talaq, talaq, talaq".

Ansari, who is also chairman of Rashtriya Kaumi Ekta Manch, said that even before the Supreme Court or the government interferes in their religious matters, Muslims in the country should themselves give up those practices which are detrimental to the progress of the community. She asked Muslim women to read the Quran thoroughly instead of relying on clerics.

The Indian Express reported Women Welfare Minister Rita Bahuguna Joshi as saying that the government will reach out to the women through NGOs.

Let us hope the government and the Supreme Court resolve these discussions with the best interests of Muslim women in mind, without unnecessary political controversies.

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