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Triple Talaq: Supreme Court today reserved its verdict on constitutional validity

Team SoOLEGAL 18 May 2017 3:00pm

Triple Talaq: Supreme Court today reserved its verdict on constitutional validity

The Supreme Court today concluded its historic hearing on triple talaq, but reserved its order.After six days of continous hearing, the constitution bench of the Supreme Court today reserved its verdict on several petitions which challenged the constitutional validity of triple talaq.

On the sixth day, representing several aggrieved women petitioners and womens rights organisations, advocates Anand Grover, Salman Khurshid, Arif Mohammad Khan and Indira Jaising vociferously demanded that triple talaq be declared illegal and unconstitutional.

The court also gave senior advocate Kapil Sibal for AIMPLB to counter the Centre’s rebuttal yesterday. During the final stages of the hearing, the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB), which is defending triple talaq in the apex court. Responding to arguments of AIMPLB and all others who supported triple talaq, Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi for Centre in his rebuttal had said  the issue the way it being portrayed is not of majority vs minority but of men vs women.

Rohatgi said, “Centre is ready to take a leap forward and bring in legislation. This matter is not a majority v minority. It’s a tussle within the religion for rights of women”.“It’s not 1400 years of custom but 1400 years of deprivation,” he said while referring to AIMPLB counsel Sibal’s statement yesterday that how can a 1400-year-old practice be branded unconstitutional.

Attorney General asked Islam continues to thrive in Islamic countries who banished instant triple talaq. So is the practice integral to religion? “Ours is a secular Constitution. Fresh from horrors of Partition, our fathers kept core of all religions but subject to fundamental rights.

When the Rohatgi said the country had got rid of all intolerable practices like Sati, infanticide, Devadasi which were among the  Hindus, CJI Khehar reminded him that courts did not do it but they were done through legislation.

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