Muslim Celebs From Bollywood Who Get Legal Divorce Instead of Triple Talaq

Casey Dawson
August 25, 2017

Veteran Indian actress Shabana Azmi has welcomed the Supreme Court's ruling on triple talaq and said the judgment is a victory for fearless Muslim women in the country. It was a swipe at the Congress, whose government under former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi had used its big majority to bring a law that set aside a Supreme Court order granting alimony to Muslim women in the Shah Bano case in 1985.

General Secretary of All India Muslim Personal Law Board Wali Rehmani said, "We have mixed reaction on the verdict".

India's Supreme Court struck down a Muslim practice of "instant divorce" as unconstitutional and un-Islamic in a landmark trial Tuesday.

He described the judgment as the "beginning of a new epoch for women to live with self-respect".

"Triple talaq is against the basic tenets of the Holy Koran and consequently, it violates Shariat", said Justice Kurian Joseph, one of the three judges in majority on the panel, who said the practice is not an integral part of Islam.

Heading the SC bench, chief justice JS Khehar and Justice Abdul Nazeer differed from Justices Nariman and Lalit, on the grounds that the court can not interfere in matters of personal laws which are a fundamental right as per the constitution.

"There was no arrangement of triple talaq in the times of Holy Prophet..."

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The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday hailed the Supreme Court's decision to strike down the "regressive practice" of Triple Talaq and said the verdict will be written in golden letters in India's post independence history. "All laws, including personal laws, must abide by constitutional guarantees and constitutional freedoms, including the right to live with dignity", he said. He stood firmly behind those who are victims of triple talaq.

Today, India's Supreme Court took the first steps to outlaw a practice called "triple talaq".

She said Chief Justice J.S. Khehar and Justice S. Abdul Nazeer have stated that only the issue of "talaq-e-biddat needs re-examination".

He, however, injuncted Muslim men from pronouncing instant triple talaq for next six months within which he implored the political parties to shed their difference and enact a law. This law has caused many Muslim women destitute by husbands divorcing them through the controversial practice. "Just calling it unlawful will not eradicate this practice".

The board had earlier accused Mr Modi of triggering an "internal war" in India with plans to introduce a common civil code for all religions.

The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) holds that for the Hanafis, who make more than 90 per cent Sunnis in India, triple talaq is a matter of faith followed for 1,400 years.

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