Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday hailed as “historic” the Supreme Court ruling on triple talaq and said it grants equality to Muslim women.

“Judgment … is historic. It grants equality to Muslim women and is a powerful measure for women empowerment,” Modi tweeted.

The Supreme Court by a 3:2 majority judgment held triple talaq being practised by the Muslim community as “unconstitutional”, “arbitrary” and “not part of Islam”.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday held triple talaq being practised by the Muslim community as “unconstitutional”, “arbitrary” and “not part of Islam”. A five judge constitutional bench by a 3:2 majority judgement said there is no constitutional protection for triple talaq.

Justices Kurian Joseph, Rohinton Fali Nariman and Uday Umesh Lalit held that triple talaq is not integral to Islam, is banned in law and lacks approval of the Shariat. However, Chief Justice JS Khehar and Justice S Abdul Nazir, in a minority judgment, said triple talaq is integral to Islamic practices and enjoys constitutional protection.

First Published | 22 August 2017 2:55 PM
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