Many brave women and men among the Muslim community and the public at large have fought to ban Triple Talaq. After decades of fighting, and with strong and unequivocal support of the current NDA government, the Supreme Court has banned the Triple Talaq practice and termed it as unconstitutional – and brought great relief to Muslim women. With so many former secular parties and governments even unwilling to discuss this issue, getting social justice within the Muslim community was hard especially due to the stiff resistance by the AIMPLB – the orthodox All India Muslim Personal Law Board. Most current politicians of the Congress Party, Samajwadi, CPM, CPI, JD(U), JD(S), Trinamool Congress, and on and on only wished to support the orthodoxy, even though the practice is banned in 20+ countries. Polygamy in the Muslim community is already being challenged, and some say a favorable judgement could be next with no prediction on timing. With these landmark development, India should move to a Uniform Civil Code that most countries have.
Source: Daily Pioneer
- 23 Aug 2017
The nation await the Supreme Court judgement on oral talaq, which is opposed by millions of women. The Government of India joined the petition by Muslim women to see the ban of this practice and even offered stated that they would bring a law to ban this. However, the All India Muslim Personal Law Board, an unelected body which claims to represent all Muslims kept resisting and resisting on the grounds this is a religious practice and cannot be interfered with. Suddenly, the AIMPLB has a change of heart. They have now filed an affidavit with the Supreme Court which states that “ANY MUSLIM MAIN WHO RESORTS TO TRIPLE TALAQ WILL FACE SOCIAL BOYCOTT“. This is along with other actions. Obviously the Muslim Board is not just late to the petition being heard by the Supreme Court, but they at least 70 years too late since independence?
Source: Daily Pioneer
- 25 May 2017
A brave Pune based 21 year old Muslim woman who is married to a 26 year Muslim man refused to accept the “triple talaq” given to her by her husband. Her parents are in full support of their daughter. In addition to sending a legal notice through her lawyer, she has also file a police complaint where alleges harassment among other actions by the husband and her family. While India permits triple talaq, the matter is subjudice with Supreme Court. More than 20 Muslim countries ban this practice. While India awaits the Supreme Court verdict, such grass roots actions are building pressure and driving positive societal changes.
Source: Indian Express
- 19 Mar 2017
While this case is to be heard by the Supreme Court, the Allahabad high court, one of the premier high court for legal opinion came down heavily on the practice of triple talaq – calling it that this form of instant divorce is cruel and most demeaning which impedes and drags India from becoming a nation. The court noted that divorce is permissible in Islam only in case of extreme emergency. So why are the “Secular parties” who get a major portion of their support from the minority communities against banning triple talaq. These parties include the Congress (led by Sonia Gandhi), Samajwadi party, Mayawati and her BSP, Mamata Banerjee and the Trinamool Congress, the left front parties all for continuing for practices that treat women badly and in favour of triple talaq which gives all the power to divorce to men only in the Muslim community.
Source: Pune Mirror
- 10 Dec 2016
Believe it or not but when it comes to Triple Talaq, “muslim majority” Islamic Republic of Pakistan is way ahead of the “secular” Republic of India. In Pakistan, triple talaq is banned, and as it is in several countries (both muslim dominated or otherwise). So why are muslim clergy, vote-bank politicians and the liberal intellectuals protesting against the Indian government’s clear stand (the first time ever by the government of India) on this matter?
Source: Indian Express
- 26 Oct 2016
Many muslim women’s group and civic society is protesting again medieval era triple-talaq and polygamy laws. Muslim countries where Islam is the state religion have undergone major reforms in these and other practices of Islam. Government of India has filed an affidavit with the Supreme Court that India being a secular constitutional republic, the fundamental rights supercede all other rights including minority rights. So the conclusion implies that religious laws like sharia and triple talaq are voidable under this section, the only reason for our delay is because political parties are pandering to vote-bank politics. So does secular India need to be more Islamic than Islamic countries?
- 11 Oct 2016
You must hear what the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) largely an unelected body, recently told the Supreme Court: 1) As Men are better at controlling emotions than women, hence only Husbands have been granted the triple talaq mode of oral divorce; and 2) they also defended polygamy, where a Muslim man can have up to four wives by stating that this was necessary to prevent illicit sex and was a way to protect women. It would be nice to hear women’s perspective, but clearly several muslim women organizations are now in the forefront to ban both practices. Triple talaq and polygamy is banned in several countries and even some which are muslim majority, where only courts can grant divorce. So in India, a country governed by a constitution and inviolable right to equality to all, should not this apply to our significant muslim population? Why is the AIMPLB sticking to medieval ideas?
- 9 Sep 2016
On All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) had this to say about triple talaq and reasons for its justification: “at least the woman has a proof in the form of WhatsApp message or an SMS that she has been divorced. This proof will help her in charting out a new course in life. But in other religions, women are just being abandoned by their husbands. For such women, there is no help forthcoming.” It should also be noted that the triple talaq is banned in 21 countries with majority muslim population including Pakistan. Also, as things stand over 50,000 men and women have signed a petition to ban the triple talaq practice, per news reports.
Source: Hindustan Times
- 6 Jun 2016
In what could be a first time ever, 25-yr old Afreen Rehman received the “triple talaq” by speed post. This letter after her in-laws started harrasing and beating her for dowry and she went to her mothers. In light of these types of social injustice to women, Shaista Ambar, president of the All India Muslim Women Personal Law Board (AIMWPLB) wants to ban the triple talaq system. A committee setup at the Center has also recommended a ban on the practice of triple talaq and polygamy. Hope our super activist Supreme Court will gave a fair hearing to muslim women?
Source: Times of India
- 23 May 2016