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India’s Supreme Court blocked the use of “triple talaq” until the government frames new legislation

NEW DELHI:22/8/17: Muslim women, who had knocked the doors of the Supreme Court opposing triple talaq, on Tuesday rejoiced at the historic judgement striking down the practice, saying they have emerged “victorious” and now feel protected.

India’s Supreme Court on Tuesday blocked the use of a Muslim divorce law until the government frames new legislation, a partial victory for Muslim women who had long argued that the rule violated their right to equality.

Three out of the five judges on the constitution bench ruled against the “triple talaq” law, which allowed Muslim men to divorce their wives simply by uttering the word “talaq” three times.

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 JS Khehar said while announcing a six-month suspension on the practice of the divorce law.

“It’s a very happy day for us. It’s a historic day,” said Zakia Soman the cofounder of the Indian Muslim Women’s Movement, which was part of the legal battle to end triple talaq.

“We, the Muslim women, are entitled to justice from the courts as well as the legislature,” she added.

 

 

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