The Government of India, on October 7 last year, had opposed in the Supreme Court against the practice of ‘triple talaq’, ‘nikah halala’ and ‘polygamy’ among Muslims and demanded to relook into the practice as this is against the fundamental rights like gender equality and secularism. This long time issue in the name of religion has been referred to the constitution bench of the Supreme Court on Thursday. The hearing of the case will start on May 11, 2017. The constitution bench will have five judges by the top court to hear the matter therefore it is called ‘A five-member bench’.
All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) is still not ready to accept the petition. They had opposed this claiming that this is a sign of disregard to their religious belief and this comes under the personal law.
Triple Talaq in Supreme Court
The divorce practice by Muslims repeating the word talaq three times is in controversy which even started on Whatsapp and Facebook. Court has received numerous petitions from women asking to stop the practice of triple talaq. The matter reached Supreme Court through a plea filed by Saira Bano.
Supreme Court will start hearing the case on May 11. Within a time of two weeks all the parties will have to file their replies on the matter to the Court.
There are three cases with Supreme Court for this summer. Apart from this, one case is in regards to the privacy issue with WhatsApp and the second is about the citizenship issue in Assam.
Chief Justice of India Justice J S Khehar asked the Centre to cooperate instead of taking the summer vacation; he said that “If we don’t hear the matter now, it will be pending for years”.