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Md Uzair Shaikh | India Web Portal | Varanasi | May 10, 2017:: A group of Muslim women in Varanasi demonstrated against the practice of triple talaq on Wednesday. The protest was held at a local temple, where the aggrieved women recited Hanuman Chalisa to mark their dissent.
The Muslim women organised the protest a day after Allahabad High Court termed the triple talaq as ‘unconstitutional’. “In name of personal law, basic human rights of women cannot be violated,” the bench observed, further adding, “Muslim men cannot give divorce in this way. It is against the right of equality. Personal law can only be implemented under the constitution.”
The ruling BJP is supporting the campaign launched against triple talaq by Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan. Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath assured that his government in the state would not allow injustice to be meted out towards Muslim women. “Silence on triple talaq is condemnable. The plight of (Muslim) women cannot be ignored. It is akin to the disrobing of Draupadi,” Adityanath reportedly said in Lucknow on Sunday.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also expressed the need for reform on the issue of triple talaq. In his address earlier in the month, Modi urged the Muslim community to “prevent the politicisation of triple talaq issue”. The subject was also discussed by him on Tuesday, during his meeting with top Muslim clerics of Jamiat-Ulema Hind. The delegation which met the Prime Minister spoke on a range of issues, including triple talaq. “The Prime Minister’s stand was reasonable. He listened to all our concerns carefully,” said former Rajya Sabha MP Maulana Mahmood Madani, who led the delegation.
The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear tomorrow a batch of petitions challenging the validity of ‘triple talaq’, ‘nikah halala’ and ‘polygamy among Muslims’. The five judge-bench would be led by Chief Justice of India J S Khehar. Justice Abdul Nazeer is the sole Muslim judge on the panel. Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi would represent the government, and assist the court in deciding to which extent they could intervene in the Muslim personal right, if they are found to be violative of the fundamental rights enshrined in the constitution.
Courtesy: India Essel Group.