Triple talaq: Centre for the first time opposes practice
HOW THE DEBATE BEGAN
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.