Centre questions validity of triple talaq in Supreme Court
The Centre on Thursday asked the Supreme Court to decide if the practices of triple talaq, nikah halala and polygamy among Muslims were protected under the fundamental right that allows one to propagate his or her religion.
The government’s proposition to the court was part of a list of four questions it had drafted for the top court’s consideration.
The document was prepared after a bench headed by Chief Justice JS Khehar asked the contesting parties on February 14 to narrow down the topics for argument in court.
The top court said it would refrain from venturing into the Uniform Civil Code (UCC) but remarked that triple talaq was a human rights issue.
This is the first time that the Centre has opposed in the top court the “regressive” practices among Muslims on grounds like gender equality, secularism and binding international covenants.
After perusing the document, the CJI’s bench noted that the questions raised constitutional issues and would be dealt with by a five-judge bench. The court has already indicated that it would begin hearing the petitions challenging the practices on May 11 and would conclude it within a week.