The Supreme Court
by a majority verdict on Tuesday ruled that the practice of divorce through triple talaq among Muslims is "void", "illegal" and "unconstitutional".
By a 3:2 verdict, the apex court held that triple talaq is against the basic tenets of Quran.
After her husband divorced her through the concerned practice, Shayara Bano
had challenged the constitutionality of the practices of polygamy, triple talaq ('talaq-e-bidat'), and 'nikah halala' in the Supreme Court.
In her petition before the court, Bano related her own harrowing experience and said that she was subjected to cruelty, and dowry demands, from her husband and his family.
In her plea, Bano said: "Muslim women have their hands tied while the guillotine of divorce dangles, perpetually ready to drop at the whims of their husbands who enjoy undisputed power. Such discrimination and inequality hoarsely expressed in the form of unilateral triple-talaq is abominable when seen in light of the progressive times of the 21st century."
Here is the full text of the divorce letter: