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Farooq Abdullah puts onus on AIMPLB over triple talaq matter

ANI  |  Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir) [India] 

Former chief minister Farooq Abdullah on Tuesday said the All Muslim Personal Board (AIMPLB) must think about the Triple Talaq issue instead of discussing it in the Supreme or any other

"No doubt that Triple talaq is very difficult for women but there is a board for Islamic The board must think about this issue instead of deciding it in the Supreme or in other courts. The Board is never above of Sharia but they can look into it and can make changes if needed for betterment of women," Farooq Abdullah said.

Earlier in the day, after asserting that Triple Talaq cannot be branded as unconstitutional, AIMPLB counsel said the Supreme should be hearing the matter in the first place.

The argument began when Sibal said that the apex should not decide or interfere in one's faith and belief.

To this Justice Rohinton Fali Nariman, one of the five judges constituting the bench asked, if they should not hear the matter at all.

Sibal asked the apex how a 1,400-year-old practice be branded 'unconstitutional'.

"Triple talaq is going on since 1400 years, how can you say it is unconstitutional?" Sibal asked the apex

Sibal further argued that just like the Hindus' faith about Rama's birth at Ayodhya cannot be questioned, similarly Triple Talaq which is also a matter of faith for Muslims should not be questioned.

Meanwhile, the bench also questioned the AIMPLB on the position of e-divorce given on WhatsApp in Islam.

The Centre yesterday assured the apex that it will come out with a to regulate marriage and divorce among Muslims if Triple Talaq was upheld as invalid.

"The government will come out with to regulate marriage and divorce among Muslims if holds Triple Talaq as invalid," Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi told the bench.

Rohatgi also conveyed to the apex bench that Triple Talaq violates Muslim women's right to equality within the community, and also within the country.

Earlier in the hearing, the apex refused to hear all the three cases of Polygamy, Nikah and Halala at once, saying it will focus on one matter at a time.

The Attorney General and top officers representing the Central government arguing in front of the five judge Constitution bench said the apex should hear other cases also, besides Triple Talaq.

However, the top said that they have limited time, so all the matters could not be covered at present.

On the second day of the hearing last Friday, senior Congress leader Salman Khurshid, who is the amicus curiae in the matter, said before the apex that the controversial Islamic divorce system cannot be justified whatsoever.

Citing examples, Khurshid told the that the Triple Talaq practice cannot be validated constitutionally.

"There was a discussion that whether Triple Talaq is valid constitutionally.

Substantiating my view with reasons and examples, I asserted that it cannot be justified and cannot be given law's validation," Khurshid said during the hearing.

The Centre, earlier on May 11, told the apex that it opposes the triple talaq practice and wants to fight for women equality and gender justice.

However, AIMPLB counsel told the apex that triple talaq is a matter that comes under the Muslim board and therefore, in his opinion, the top should not interfere in it.

"The Central Government makes rules but in my opinion the apex should not interfere into it," Sibal said.

While hearing several pleas filed by Muslim women challenging the practice of triple talaq, the apex observed that it would examine whether the issue is fundamental to religion or not.

A five-judge bench of the apex further observed that it would not hear polygamy issue along with the triple talaq case.

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Relentless debates on the validity and plausibility of this practice were instigated soon after one petitioner, Shayara Banu, challenged the Muslim personal over instantaneous application of triple talaq (talaq-e-bidat), polygamy and nikah-halala.

Supporting the stance of ending the practice of triple talaq, the Allahabad High had earlier asserted that the rights of any person, including Muslim women, cannot be violated in the name of 'personal law'.

In December last year, the Allahabad High termed the Islamic practice of divorcing a woman by uttering the word "talaq" thrice "unconstitutional."

"Triple talaq is unconstitutional. It violates the rights of Muslim women," ruled the high court, adding that no personal board was above the Constitution.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, May 16 2017. 22:11 IST
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