Triple talaq: SC concludes hearing, reserves verdict on constitutional validity

The Supreme Court today concluded its hearing on triple talaq, however has reserved its order. The six-day hearing was conducted on a clutch of petitions challenging ‘triple talaq’, ‘polygamy’ and ‘nikah halala’ and was heard by a five-member Constitution bench of the apex court which included judges from different religious communities including Muslim, Hindu, Sikh, Christian, and Parsi.

On Wednesday, the SC had suggested that the Centre could put in place a law to deal with issues, including triple talaq, instead of waiting for it to decide on the matter judicially, and wondered whether it would be possible to give the Muslim women the option to oppose instant divorce.

“We may or may not (decide the issue), but you do,” said the Constitution Bench headed by Chief Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar to Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi as the latter urged the court to step in a situation where there is no legislation.


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