New Deli, India:
The practice of triple talaq, which has destroyed the lives of scores of Muslim women in India for centuries now, is hopefully on its death bed. On Wednesday, media reports suggested that over 50,000 women from the community have signed an online petition against the practice. The petition spearheaded by the Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan is garnering huge support and Justice Markandey Katju, who has been a vocal proponent for Uniform Civil Law in India, on Sunday reatced to the encouraing development.
Katju, who has in the past spoken up against injustices met to women under the Sharia law, on Wednesday shared a video, wherein he argues against the law, saying that it is unfair and discriminatory. “Muslim law is totally against women. A woman can be just thrown out by saying, ‘talaq, talaq, talaq’!” He argued against the logic behind retaining the Sharia law, which is, that Muslims might lose their right to practice their religion, if the law is repealed. “This is a totally false argument. The Hindu law was almost totally repealed in 1955-56 by the Parliament and that lead to the formulation of the Hindu Marriage Act. Have Hindus not be practicing religion after 1955?”
The fight against triple talaq gained momentum when the Supreme Court allowed a discussion on the constitutionality of the Sharia, this year in April. This came after a petition was filed in the apex court by a 35-year-old Muslim woman Shayara Bano, who was similarly divorced by her husband of 15 years. Bano had recieved a talaqnama, while she was in Uttarakhand, visiting her ailing parents. Bano had approached the Supreme Court, demanding a complete ban on the vile practice, which she said allowed Muslim men to treat their women like ‘chattel’.