Cen­tre ques­tions va­lid­ity of triple ta­laq in Supreme Court

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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.

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