The Supreme Court on Wednesday said it would examine the validity of the practice of triple talaq, and verify if it violates the fundamental rights of Muslim women. The court was hearing petitions filed by several Muslim women challenging the age-old practice. A bench headed by Chief Justice of India TS Thakur said the apex court will decide on the matter on September 6, reported ANI.
“We have to hear all of them and take a call to what extent courts can interfere in the Muslim personal laws if courts find they are in violation of the fundamental rights,” a bench headed by Chief Justice of India TS Thakur said.
The Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan had written a letter to the National Commission for Women, seeking their help in scrapping triple talaq. They also sought the apex court's intervention in abolishing polygamy and discrimination against women in inheritance issues.
On the issue of polygamy, the court ruled that it was “injurious to public morals and can be superseded by the state just as the practice of sati”. However, the All India Muslim Personal Law Board has filed an affidavit in the court, opposing judicial intervention in the religious practices of the community.