Amidst the growing concern about the constitutional validity of Triple Talaq, Supreme Court has referred the matter to the constitution bench. A five judge constitution bench would hear the cases regarding the Islamic practice from May 11.
“Whatever this question of triple talaq is, it will be settled for good,” the Supreme Court said.
Chief Justice of India, Justice J S Khehar would form the bench. He said that SC is ready to give up on summer vacation to hear the cases. He called the matter as “issue of grave importance”. The Supreme Court is ready to sit even on Saturdays and Sundays to hear the matter, he said.
The issue of Triple Talaq (giving divorce verbally by saying talaq thrice) was taken up by the government when it said that it wanted to replace the personal law with a uniform civil code that would be applied to all religious groups, however the suggestion wasn’t taken well by the Muslim groups who said it would be unfair to them. Earlier, All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) had said to Supreme Court that nullifying triple talaq would be like rewriting Quran.
Meanwhile, a pregnant lady from Saharanpur who was thrown out of her house by her husband and in-laws has written to the Prime-Minister to abolish the practice of triple talaq. The woman, a mother of two daughters was being forced by her husband to abort the third child as he feared of having a girl child. When she didn’t relent, he divorced her verbally and threw her out of the house.