New Delhi: The apex court’s five-judge constitution bench will start hearing the May 11 appeal against the Islamic
divorce practice of Triple Talaq that is biased in the favor of men and against women.
SC will hear appeal filed several women challenging the practice under which men can divorce by simply uttering the word talaq thrice.
The matter has faced repeated oppositions in recent years and the government has stated that it wants to replace it with a new uniform civil code applicable to all religious groups. But that proposal has met stiff opposition from Muslim groups, who argue that it would discriminate against them.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has also thrown his weight behind triple talaq reform, saying it was his administration’s duty to ensure the rights of Muslim women were upheld.
India has separate sets of personal laws for each religion governing marriage, divorce, succession, adoption and maintenance. While Hindu law overhaul began in the 1950s and continues, activists have long argued that Muslim personal law has remained mostly unchanged.