SC seeks Centre's response on 'triple-talaq' in Muslim community

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday sought Centre's response on a petition filed by a Muslim woman challenging the provision of 'triple talaq' in Muslim personal law.

The petitioner, Shayara Bano has challenged the practice of talaq-e-bidat (instantaneous triple talaq), nikah halal (provision that allows a man to take back his wife after talaq with an intervening marriage) and polygamy under Muslim Personal Law, saying that they are illegal and unconstitutional.

A bench of Justice AR Dave and AK Goel issued notices to the ministeries of Women and Child Development, Law and Justice, and Minority Affairs, after hearing Shayara's counsel Amit Singh and counsel Balaji Srinivasan questioning the legality of the provisions, the Hindustan Times reported.

The bench declined to hear Shayara's estranged husband Rizwan Ahmad and has set the next day of hearing to March 28.

This is the second time when the apex court has decided to examine Muslim personal law and scrap provisions that bias against Muslim women.

News24 Bureau