Triple Talaq verdict welcomed by many, AIMPLB dismissive
In a historic move, Allahabad High Court observed yesterday that Triple Talaq “cruel” and this form of “instant divorce” is “most demeaning”,and the observation was hailed by many except All India Muslim Personal Law Board, who was dismissive of the observation, saying the Supreme Court will deliver the final verdict.
Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray said the observations should be respected. “It has a lot of importance for the country. Due to vote bank politics, the issue (of triple talaq) should not go the Shah Bano case way,” he cautioned.
Welcoming the judgement, Information and Broadcasting Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said women should get justice and everyone agrees to it.
Minister of State for Women and Child Development Krishna Raj said, “Nobody understood the agony of women. Today, the High Court has taken a welcome step. It will help boost the morale of women.”
Union minister Naidu said that the Constitution was “supreme” and justice should be done with the women of the country without discrimination.
Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju maintained that it was a “welcome observation”.
JD(U) spokesperson KC Tyagi, while welcoming the high court observation, cautioned the government against bringing in the uniform civil code on minority community in the light of it.
BJP MP Sakshi Maharaj said that India is the largest democracy and discrimination between women and men is
injustice. “I think under no circumstance, saying talaq, talaq, talaq and getting talaq is acceptable,” he said.
BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi said that it was a “fantastic” observation and noted that the fight is being fought by some women from the Muslim community who are against triple talaq.
Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasrin said, “Islam as a religion does not sanction practices like this. Basically all religions, whether its is Hinduism or Islam, have discriminatory practices against women.”
The High Court has observed that “divorce is permissible in Islam only in case of extreme emergency. When all efforts for effecting a reconciliation have failed, the parties may proceed to a dissolution of marriage by Talaq or by Khola.”
It has held that triple talaq is “cruel” and raised a question whether the Muslim Personal law could be amended to alleviate the sufferings of Muslim women.