Muslim women’s organisations have said that banning triple talaq is not against Sharia law because the Quran does not have such a provision.
Zakia Soman of the Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan said, “As far as the Quran is concerned, there is no mention of triple talaq. It is a later addition. After the passing away of the Prophet, one of the imams allowed it only temporarily. The right to divorce is given equally to both parties… There is a 90-day period for reconciliation and deliberation. Our primary argument in the Supreme Court is that it is not against the Shariat.”
The Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan is opposing triple talaq in the Supreme Court.
The need of the hour, said Shaista Amber of the All India Muslim Women’s Personal Law Board, is to give statutory backing to Muslim marriage laws to prevent selective interpretation of holy texts based on convenience.
“There should be a law that makes nikah agreements mandatory, like it is mandated in Sharia law. Talaq as per Sharia law is a laid down procedure where the first utterance of triple talaq has to be followed up after three menstrual cycles of the woman and attempts at reconciliation. That is not followed, and now there is triple talaq over phone, email and SMS,” she said.
Amber clarified that her organisation has no link with the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB).