Triple talaq impacts dignity of women: Centre to SC

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The Allahabad High Court had in December 2016 held that the practice of triple talaq is "cruel" and raised an issue that whether the Muslim Personal Law could be amended to provide relief to the Muslim women.

Several Muslim women have challenged the practice of "triple talaq" in which the husband, quite often, pronounces talaq thrice in one go, sometimes over phone or text message.

Muslim women in Uttar Pradesh have claimed that they voted for the BJP so that the practice of triple talaq, as mentioned in their manifesto, is done away with.

The Centre has said this in its written submission that were filed by it for the hearing by the constitution bench commencing on May 11.

It added that although "it may be true to say that only some women are. actually affected by these practices", the fact remained that every woman subject to these laws "lives under the threat, fear or prospect of these practices being invoked against her".

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A number of Muslim women have filed petitions to quash the practice of triple talaq and polygamy. The submissions drawn by advocate Madhvi Divan have been settled by the Attornewy Genewral Mukul Rohatgi.

Pointing out that gender justice was a constitutional goal of overwhelming importance and magnitude, the Union government said the Fundamental Right to Equality takes within its fold, equality of status and the gender equality, gender equity and gender justice are values intrinsically entwined in guarantee of equality under Article 14.

"The paradox is that Muslim women in India are more vulnerable in their social status because of the prevalence of such practices, even though they live in a secular country", it said. They will hold talks with women organisations to know the opinion of Muslim women on the matter.

Nissa's suicide comes at a time when triple talaq has turned into a raging debate in the country.

Meanwhile, All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) vice-president Kalbe Sadiq has requested the government to not interfere in the matter of Triple Talaq, adding that the Muslim board would eradicate this evil themselves. The Centre had on 7 October a year ago opposed polygamy and the two practices in the Supreme Court, and favoured a relook on grounds like gender equality and secularism.

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