Triple Talaq: Muslim women happy over Supreme Court judgment

Though many hold the judgment to be confusing and say there should be no interference with personal law of Muslims, women expressed their happiness calling it their ‘victory’

Photo by Waseem Andrabi/Hindustan Times via Getty Images
Photo by Waseem Andrabi/Hindustan Times via Getty Images

Biswajeet Banerjee

There were mixed reactions from people in Lucknow on the Supreme Court verdict that banned the practice of Triple Talaq among Muslims for six months. Till now, men could instantly leave their wives by saying ‘Talaq’ thrice. Women from the minority community were happy and called it their ‘victory’.

Here are some of the reactions;

Dr Shirin of AMU, Aligarh, a Triple Talaq victim:

This is our victory. It would have been better had the judgment been unanimous. All those women who have suffered the pang of separation because of no fault of theirs are very happy now.

“My husband wrote three dreaded words in a letter and sent it to me and the Qazi justified the talaq. I have a four-year-old daughter. I do not want any financial help but the judgment has given me mental relief,” she said.

“Though my daughter asks where her father is, I will not re-marry. I now know the meaning of marriage and the value of a husband. In Islam, a wife is treated as a door mat. I do not want to be treated as a door mat any more,” she said.

All India Muslim Women Personal law Board chief Shaista Ambar:

This is a historic judgment which will give a new lease of life to women who were divorced in this manner. Some clerics interfered with Islam and gave their wrong interpretation of Islamic laws by justifying Talaq in one sitting. The court has called this interference as unconstitutional.
Islam has an elaborate procedure to end marriages. This spreads over three months. We expect the government to ratify a law in six months. I am sure the new law will guarantee equal rights for women.

All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) member Zafaryab Jilani:

The Board has called a meeting on September 10 to deliberate on the issue of Triple Talaq. The AIMPLB itself considers Talaq at one go as a crime. We will suggest that Qazis, while solemenising marriages, should tell the newly weds that divorce at one go is a crime in the eye of the Allah.

The judgment is very confusing as some say the court has asked the government to bring a law within six months. But the Board will not allow any interference in the personal law of Muslims.

Eidgah Aishbagh’s Imam Maulana Khalid:

I have reservation on the SC's direction to the government to bring a law on Talaq. The government law could be an interference in our personal law which has been protected by the Constitution.

As per Shariat law, Triple Talaq is valid if Islamic procedure is followed. We are also in favour of abolition of Triple Talaq at one go. This should end but there should not be any interference with our personal law.

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