In­dia bans in­stant di­vorce by Mus­lim men

The Myanmar Times - Weekend - - World -

IN­DIA’S gov­ern­ment on Wed­nes­day ap­proved an or­di­nance to im­ple­ment a top court rul­ing strik­ing down the Mus­lim prac­tice that al­lows men to in­stantly di­vorce.

The gov­ern­ment de­ci­sion came af­ter it failed to get ap­proval from Par­lia­ment a year af­ter the court ruled that the prac­tice of al­low­ing men to di­vorce by sim­ply ut­ter­ing the Ara­bic word for di­vorce — “ta­laq” — three times vi­o­lated the con­sti­tu­tional rights of Mus­lim women.

Most of the 170 mil­lion Mus­lims in In­dia are Sun­nis gov­erned by the Mus­lim Per­sonal Law for fam­ily mat­ters and dis­putes.

The laws in­clude al­low­ing the prac­tice, known as “triple ta­laq,” whereby men can di­vorce by sim­ply say­ing the word three times — and not nec­es­sar­ily con­sec­u­tively, but at any time, and by any medium, in­clud­ing tele­phone, text mes­sage or so­cial me­dia post.

The gov­ern­ment will have an­other six months to get Par­lia­ment’s ap­proval for the or­di­nance to be­come law. But in the mean­time, those who vi­o­late it can be pros­e­cuted un­der the or­di­nance.

Law Min­is­ter Ravi Shankar Prasad said that nearly 22 coun­tries, in­clud­ing neigh­bor­ing Pak­istan and Bangladesh, have banned the prac­tice and ap­pealed to the op­po­si­tion to ap­prove the Mus­lim Women Pro­tec­tion of Rights on Mar­riage Bill. – AP

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