India’s supreme court suspends ‘triple talaq’ divorce law

India’s supreme court suspends ‘triple talaq’ divorce law

India’s supreme court suspends ‘triple talaq’ divorce law

Written by Keshala Dias

22 Aug, 2017 | 3:55 pm

India’s top court has ruled the practice of instant divorce in Islam unconstitutional, marking a major victory for women’s rights activists.

Victims of the practice known as “triple talaq”, whereby Muslim men can divorce their wives by reciting the word talaq (divorce) three times, had approached the supreme court to ask for a ban.

The judges said the law violated Article 14 and 21 of the Constitution of India, which is related to equality, and protection of life and personal liberty respectively.

“This is a sensitive case where sentiments are involved. We are directing the Union of India to consider appropriate legislation in this regard,” Justice J.S. Khehar said while announcing a six-month suspension on the practice of the divorce law.

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