In a landmark verdict, The Supreme Court on Tuesday barred ‘Triple Talaq’ for six months until parliament brings law.
“We hope the legislature will consider and take into account Muslim Personal Law while making legislation. All parties must keep their politics away and decide this.” a five-judge bench of SC said.
Earlier, the Centre had told the SC that the practices like like ‘triple talaq’ impact the social status and dignity of Muslim women.
Here is a timeline of the events:
February 2016: The apex court sought assistance from the then Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi on the pleas challenging the constitutional validity of “triple talaq”, “nikah halala” and “polygamy”.
June 2016: The SC remarked that the practice of “triple talaq” among Muslims will be tested on the “touchstone of constitutional framework”.
October 2016: The Centre opposed the practice of triple talaq in the Supreme Court for the first time in constitutional history. It asked the court to re-look at the practice on ground of gender equality and secularism.
February 2017: The apex court announced the setting up of a five-judge constitution bench to hear on the challenges against the practice of ‘triple talaq, nikah halala’ and polygamy.
March 2017: AIMPLB told SC that these that the issue of triple talaq falls outside the judiciary’s realm.
April 11, 2017: Centre told SC that the practices of triple talaq, nikah halala and polygamy impact the social status as well as dignity of Muslim women.
April 16, 2017: AIMPLB said the board has decided to issue a code of conduct and warns that those who give talaq (divorce) without Sharia (Islamic law) reasons will face social boycott.
April 21, 2017: The Delhi High Court dismissed a plea seeking to put an end to the practice of triple talaq on Hindu women married to Muslim men.
May 2017: The apex court allowed Salman Khurshid as amicus curiae in hearing of pleas challenging constitutional validity of triple talaq, nikah halala and polygamy.
May 11, 2017: SC announced that the court will determine whether the practice of triple talaq is fundamental to religion for Muslims during a hearing.
May 12, 2017: SC observed the practice of triple talaq was the “worst” and “not desirable” form of dissolution of marriages among Muslims.
May 16, 2017: AIMPLB remarked triple talaq is a 1,400-year-old practice, and question of constitutional morality and equity should not arise in a matter of faith.
May 17, 2017: SC asked the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) whether a woman can be given an option of saying “no” to triple talaq at the time of the execution of the nikahnama (Islamic marriage contract).
May 18, 2017: SC reserved its verdict on batch of petitions challenging constitutional validity of the practice of triple talaq among Muslims.
Aug 22, 2017: The Supreme Court strikes down the practice of triple talaq by terming it ‘unconstitutional’.