11 May 2017

On Triple Talaq, Supreme Court To Start Hearing Pleas Today

The Supreme Court will begin hearing a batch of pleas challenging the constitutional validity of 'triple talaq', 'nikah halala' and polygamy practices among Muslims today.

A five-judge Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice J Khehar will begin hearing seven petitions, including five separate writ petitions filed by Muslim women challenging the practice of triple talaq prevalent in the community and terming it unconstitutional.

The bench will also take up the main matter on its own as a petition titled "Muslim Women's quest for equality".

The members of the bench are from different religious communities including Sikh, Christian, Parsi, Hindu and Muslim.

The Supreme Court had decided to hear the case during the summer vacation and even suggested that it is likely to sit on Saturdays and Sundays to expeditiously decide the contentious and sensitive issues arising in the matter.

Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi will assist the bench which will also examine to what extent the court can interfere in the Muslim personal laws if they are found to be violative of the fundamental rights of citizens written in the Constitution. [All India - Press Trust of India] Read more