Thursday, March 31, 2016

Verbal, unilateral, triple talaq and polygamy: Govt appointed panel calls for a ban

Verbal, unilateral, triple talaq and polygamy: Govt appointed panel calls for a ban

The Supreme Court, based on a plea filed by Shayara Bano, directed the central government to produce a report on oral, unilateral and triple talaq. A high-level committee set up by the central government has sought a ban on such practices. Following this, the committee has suggested changes and additions to the Muslim Marriages Act 1939.

Muslim women see hope in SC study of triple talaq

 | TNN | 

Muslim men conveniently uses the clause "talaq in any form whatsoever" and divorce their wives over Skype, Whatsapp or text message. But Quranic verses emphasize dialogue, discussion and compromise by family members before talaq. This process is supposed to last 90 days in the presence of "two witnesses on each side".

The ulema and members of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board, however, say that triple talaq is in line with the Quran. The Board has been resistant to the Supreme Court's intervention as it sees as meddling with Muslim personal laws. Both had said Muslim personal law was Quran-based and not enacted by the legislature and hence was beyond the ambit of judicial scrutiny.

"Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan has time and again conducted surveys to show how Muslim women are being divorced arbitrarily and want ban on the practice. Triple talaq is widely prevalent in Indian Muslim society despite of the fact that it is absolutely against the Quran. The practice is banned in most Muslim countries in the world, even Pakistan and Bangladesh," said Zakia Soman of Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan (BMMA).

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