Triple ta­laq: Cen­tre for the first time op­poses prac­tice

HOW THE DE­BATE BE­GAN

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - Live - - FRONT PAGE - Bhadra Sinha

NEW DELHI: Gen­der equal­ity is part of the ba­sic struc­ture of the Con­sti­tu­tion and non-ne­go­tiable, the Cen­tre told the Supreme Court on Fri­day while op­pos­ing the prac­tices of triple ta­laq and polygamy in the Mus­lim com­mu­nity.

This is the first time the In­dian govern­ment has of­fi­cially taken a stand to op­pose the con­tentious cus­tom that has di­vided the com­mu­nity, with women’s groups and in­di­vid­u­als ad­vo­cat­ing sweep­ing re­forms in Mus­lim per­sonal law that is heav­ily tilted against women.

Un­der Mus­lim per­sonal law based on the Sharia, a Mus­lim man can di­vorce his wife by pro­nounc­ing ta­laq thrice. Mus­lim men are also al­lowed to have four wives.

In­dia has sep­a­rate sets of per­sonal laws for each re­li­gion gov­ern­ing marriage, di­vorce, suc­ces­sion, adop­tion and main­te­nance.

While Hindu law over­haul be­gan in the 1950s and con­tin­ues, ac­tivists have long ar­gued that Mus­lim per­sonal law has re­mained mostly un­changed.

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