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AIMPLB vice-president's statement on triple talaq his 'personal view': Muslim cleric

13 April 2017

Sadiq agreed that triple talaq has caused great suffering for many Muslim women, but the practice has been allowed till not since it was considered a personal affair for the community.

Nikah halala requires a divorced Muslim woman to marry another man, consummate the marriage and divorce him if she wants to remarry her earlier husband.

Multiple letters written to the Prime Minister by Muslim women demand that triple talaq be ended.

The Uttar Pradesh government will take into account the views of the Muslim women on the issue of triple talaq and then present its side in the Supreme Court hearing the matter. "These practices.affect the social status and dignity of Muslim women and render them unequal and vulnerable qua men belonging to their own community, women belonging to other communities and also Muslim women outside India", Hindustan Times reported.

Emphasising that Muslim women can not be denied their Constitutional right to equality, the government told the top judiciary that they had the authority to regulate the right to religion to ensure that practices did not go against modern day liberal values like gender equality, according to The Economic Times. The matter would be examined by a five-judge Constitution Bench during the summer vacation.

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'The Triple Talaq practice has ruined many Muslim families all over India till date. She said that if she does not get justice for herself and her daughter she would have no choice but convert to Hinduism. The submissions drawn by advocate Madhvi Divan have been settled by the Attornewy Genewral Mukul Rohatgi.

Referring to All India Muslim Personal Law Board's stand that practices of triple talaq, nikah halala and polygamy might be undesirable but are part of essential practice under the religion, Centre said no undesirable practice can be elevated to the status of an essential practice.

It has also raised a fundamental issue and said in a secular democracy, whether religion can be a reason to deny equal status and dignity, which is available to women under the Constitution. The Centre had on 7 October previous year opposed polygamy and the two practices in the Supreme Court, and favoured a relook on grounds like gender equality and secularism.

Sadiq, a Shia scholar, acknowledged that triple talaq was unfair to women.

AIMPLB vice-president's statement on triple talaq his 'personal view': Muslim cleric