Triple talaq: India’s top court bans Islamic practice of instant divorce

Source: CNN

By Huizhong Wu, CNN

New Delhi (CNN) India’s Supreme Court banned the controversial Islamic divorce practice known as “triple talaq” in a landmark ruling announced Tuesday.

The practice, that stretches back over a thousand years, allows a husband to divorce his wife by simply saying the Arabic word for divorce, talaq, three times.

The five-judge bench did not unanimously ban the practice, which Balaji Srinivasan, one of the lawyers on the case, called “disappointing.” Instead, three judges ruled that it was unconstitutional, while the minority issued a dissenting judgment that said it should be up to parliament to pass legislation officially banning the practice.


“The majority decision is that triple talaq is banned in law,” said Srinivasan. “From now on in India, the law is that there is no practice of triple talaq which is held to be valid.”

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who has publicly advocated for a ban, added his voice to those celebrating the ruling. In a tweet on his official account, the prime minister called the court’s decision “historic,” adding that it “grants equality to Muslim women and is a powerful measure for women empowerment.”

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Indian Muslim women participate in a rally to oppose the Uniform Civil Code (UCC) that would outlaw the practice of “triple talaq” in Ahmedabad in 2016.

3 replies

  1. Thank you Indian Supreme Court, for saving the Muslims from their obsession with the “Shariah Law,” even when it has been corrupted.

    The court has smartly called triple talaq both anti-Islamic and anti-constitutional.

    Please read the following article to see the Muslim obsession in different Muslim countries of the world and a better and uniting paradigm, by following common secular principles: In Defense of the Secular Narrative of the Holy Quran.

  2. The Talaaq (divorce) issue in Islam as been so compounded and is made so confused by the Mullah class that it has become a laughing matter for those who are not Muslims.
    Quran is the only revealed Book that talk both of marriage and divorce (the exit strategy) when things go wrong. Most books found before the Holy Quran is silent on it. Today the Family law has become so pervasive that occupies over 60% of court time.

    To add salt to injury, Indian movie Nikah ( originally Talaaq!Talaaq! Talaaq) featuring Pakistani actor Salma Agha reinforced wrong precepts of divorce in Islam and the process of remarriage.

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