India’s top judge urged to end quickfire Muslim divorce law

Source: Reuters

NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – India’s top judge was urged on Thursday to scrap a civil law that permits Muslim men to divorce their wives by simply stating their intention three times, a practice that has even left some wives dumped by text.

The Chief Justice of India (CJI) is expected to decide on a petition filed by victims and activists who want the so-called triple talaq law to be abolished. Not only is it unconstitutional, they say, it is misused for instant divorces.

In a letter to CJI Jagdish Singh Khehar, activists said thousands of Indian Muslim women were eager for a judgment which would end a practice where men can divorce their wives without warning – sometimes even via Skype, WhatsApp and text message.

“Triple talaq happens despite there being no Quranic sanction for it,” said the letter, which was signed by members of the Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan (BMMA), or the India Muslim Women’s Movement.

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