Triple talaq cases to come up for hearing tomorrow

Wednesday, May 10, 2017,11:00 IST By metrovaartha A A A

New Delhi | In the much controversial triple talaq issue, which was validated under the Muslim personal law in India the Supreme Court is readying to hear from tomorrow a clutch of petitions. The issue is at the centre of a tussle between orthodoxy and reform in the community–the former upholding its validity under the Shariat and the latter saying that it is regressive, anti-women and had no place in Islam.
The apex court will also hear pleas challenging the validity of polygamy and ‘nikah halala’ under which a divorced Muslim woman has to marry again, consummate the marriage and then break it if she wants to go back to her first husband.
Among those supporting triple talaq are the dominant All India Muslim Personal Law Board, and the Jamaat-e-Islami Hind.
At a meeting on Sunday, the Jamaat posed a rhetorical question: When Prophet Muhammad himself did not have the right to make changes to Shariat, how could Muslims allow governments or courts to do so?
This is being challenged not just by women determined to fight back against the arbitrary termination of their marriages but also by scholars and other Muslim sects.