Indian Supreme Court opens hearings on triple talaq


India’s highest court has opened formal hearings into so-called ‘triple talaq’ divorce.

This divisive practice allows Muslim husbands to unlaterally divorce their wives by reciting a formula on one single occasion rather than leaving an interval between each recitation over a  period of three months, as is normal practice in most Islamic nations. The triple talaq, which is not open to wives, has become increasingly controversial in India and several petitions calling for its abolition have now reached the Supreme Court of India.

A multi-faith panel of five justices will consider where the triple talaq is a fundamental element of Islam or a practice which can legitimately be outlawed in India. Other Muslim countries, including neighb ouring Banglades and Pakistan, have already banned the practice.

Campaigners for abolition argue that precipitous triple talaq can wreck the lives of vulnerable women, frequently leaving poorer wives destitute. Indian Prime Minister Narendara Modi has expressed firm support and the government has filed its own views with the court, insisting that the triple talaq is a violation of the Indian constitution.

Meanwhile Muslim activisits argue that the triple talaq is a matter for indvidiual conscience and the government should not intervene.

Indian law grants different relgious communities their own maritial regulations.

The Supreme Court hearing will end on May 19, with a ruling expected a few weeks later.

Photo of the Supreme Court of India by Legaleagle86 via Wikipedia under a Creative Commons licence

Stowe Family Law Web Team

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