If Islamic nations can regulate triple talaq, why can’t India: Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad

For the first time in India's constitutional history, the Centre had on October 7 opposed in the Supreme Court the practice of triple talaq, 'nikah halala' and polygamy among Muslims

By: PTI | Patna | Updated: October 14, 2016 7:22 pm
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Defending the Centre’s stand on ‘triple talaq’, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad today said when over a dozen Islamic countries were regulating the practice by enacting laws, how could it be considered wrong for a “secular” country like India.

His remarks came a day after the All India Muslim Personal Law Board opposed the Centre’s affidavit in Supreme Court on the practice and also boycotted the Law Commission’s consultations on Uniform Civil Code (UCC).

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“Over a dozen Islamic countries such as Pakistan, Tunisia, Morocco, Iran and Egypt have regulated triple talaq. If Islamic countries can regulate the practice by enacting law, and it has not been found against sharia, then how can it be wrong in India, which is a secular country?” Prasad told reporters here.

The minister, however, refused to comment on the issue of Uniform Civil Code.

“The Law Commission is considering it and has sought views of various sections of the society. Since it is under their consideration, I have nothing to say,” he maintained.

For the first time in India’s constitutional history, the Centre had on October 7 opposed in the Supreme Court the practice of triple talaq, ‘nikah halala’ and polygamy among Muslims and favoured a relook on grounds of gender equality and secularism.

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The Law Ministry, in its affidavit, referred to constitutional principles like gender equality, secularism, international covenants, religious practices and marital law prevalent in various Islamic countries to drive home the point that the practice of triple talaq and polygamy needed to be adjudicated upon afresh by the apex court.

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    Avik Bose
    Oct 14, 2016 at 1:27 pm
    Saint Augustine said - "Lex iniusta non est lex - An unjust law is no law at all". In the name of Sharia, Muslim fundamentalists cannot justify their most cruel oppressive unjust practice of Triple Talaq against Muslim women. During 1829 , when the great reformer Raja Rammohan Roy started movement and filed peion for the law banning sati practice (Burning alive the Widows of Hindus), the Hindu fundamentalist groups also opposed vehemently and raised the same objections in the name of religion just like Asaduddin Owaisi and Muslim Personal Law Board are doing today. That time also Hindu fundamentalist groups threatened Raja Rammohan Roy and the Government with dire consequences, just like Asaduddin Owaisi and Muslim Personal Law Board are doing now. But the Government did not surrender to the Hindu fundamentalists that period of time. If the Government surrendered to Hindu fundamentalists that day, Hindu community cannot become progressive and liberal as it is today. So it is the litmus test of today's Government to abolish Triple Talaq and ensure gender equality and fair justice. Otherwise a vast section of Indian society will be getting oppressed and exploited through this Triple Talaq - the barbaric Medieval practice.
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    Mannar
    Oct 14, 2016 at 3:27 pm
    it is the religious fah ane practice of Muslims and our Govt need not interfere. they are suborn people will listen to some Mullah not to wise people of our Govt. let them say TALAQ OR MALAQ , WHY SHOULD WE WORRY. IT IS THEIR HEADACHE AND FUNERAL. LET THE MULIM LADIES FIGHT MUSLIM MEN AND COME OUT OF THIS NONSENSE. IT IS BETTERE TO KEEP AWAY FROM MUSLIMS. LET THEM DO WHATEVER THEY WANT.
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    Amit Joshi
    Oct 26, 2016 at 6:43 pm
    Muslim women filed a peion. Govt. did not.
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    Amit Joshi
    Oct 26, 2016 at 6:43 pm
    stan, Tunisia, Morocco, Iran and Egypt have regulated triple talaq.
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