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“Triple ta­laq is there since 637. Who are we to say that this is un-Is­lamic? Mus­lims [have been] prac­tis­ing it for [the] last 1,400 years... triple ta­laq is not a mat­ter of eq­uity and good con­science. It is a mat­ter of faith. Why should the court in­ter­vene?”

“The Cen­tre will step in... The prac­tice of triple ta­laq is dis­crim­i­na­tory in three ways. It puts Mus­lim women in a dis­ad­van­ta­geous po­si­tion within the com­mu­nity, vis-a-vis women of the other com­mu­nity and also at the in­ter­na­tional level...”

KAPIL SIBAL, rep­re­sent­ing the All In­dia Mus­lim Per­sonal Law Board, and MUKUL ROHATGI, putting for­ward the gov­ern­ment’s ar­gu­ment, summed up the de­bate for the five-judge Con­sti­tu­tion bench of the Supreme Court. The court has the un­en­vi­able task of de­cid­ing on a vexed so­cial is­sue with far-reach­ing po­lit­i­cal ram­i­fi­ca­tions.

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