Triple Talaq Verdict Awaited: Is India ready to divorce patriarchy?

New Delhi: The Supreme Court is all set to pronounce a historic judgement on the controversial issue of whether the practice of 'triple talaq' among Muslims is fundamental to the religion. A five-judge constitution bench headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar had reserved its verdict on May 18 after a six-day marathon hearing during the summer vacation.

Chief Justice JS Khehar will on Tuesday pronounce a verdict on pleas challenging the validity of triple talaq (divorce) in the Muslim community.  News24 brings you the timeline of hearings that have now led the apex court's most awaited verdict:

May 18:SC reserves verdict on batch of petitions challenging constitutional validity of triple talaq practice among Muslims.

May 17: C asks the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) whether a woman can be given an option of saying 'no' to triple talaq at the time of execution of nikahnama (Islamic marriage contract). A five-judge Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice JS Khehar also said if all Qazis can be asked to include this condition at the time of marriage.

May 16: AIMPLB says triple talaq is a 1,400-year-old practice, and constitutional morality and equity cannot arise when a matter of faith is concerned.

May 15: Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi told the Supreme Court that the Centre will bring in a new law to regulate and marriage divorce among Muslims if the practice of triple talaq is declared unconstitutional. The SC also refused to hear all the three cases of Polygamy, Nikah and Halala at once, saying it will focus on ne matter at a time.

May 12: SC says the practice of triple talaq was the "worst" and "not desirable" form of dissolution of marriages among Muslims, even though there were schools of thought which termed it as "legal".

May 11: SC says it would determine if the Muslim practice of triple talaq is in line with the Constitution and fundamental to Islam. "We will only look at triple talaq and whether it is constitutional and not go into issues such as polygamy," a five-judge Constitution bench said.

May 3 : SC allows Salman Khurshid as amicus curiae in hearing of pleas challenging constitutional validity of triple talaq, 'nikah halala' and polygamy.

April 29: The opposition charged PM Narendra Modi with politicising the triple talaq issue for electoral mileage even as BJP minister Swami Prasad Maurya said Muslim men use it to change wives and satisfy 'lust'.

April 21: The Delhi high court dismissed a plea seeking to stop the practice of triple talaq on Hindu women married to Muslim men.

April 17: Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath said on Monday the politicians maintaining silence on the issue of triple talaq were equally responsible as those practising it as he linked the Muslim practice of divorce to the disrobing of Draupadi in the Mahabharata.

April 16: Raising the 'triple talaq' issue, PM Narendra Modi said justice should be done to Muslim women. AIMPLB said that the board has decided to issue a code of conduct and warned that those who give talaq (divorce) without Sharia (Islamic law) reasons will face social boycott.

April 14: BSP chief Mayawati says that SC should decide the issue of triple talaq as per the Constitution to ensure justice for Muslim women.

April 11: The Centre has told the SC that the practices of triple talaq, nikah halala and polygamy impact the social status and dignity of Muslim women and deny them fundamental rights guaranteed by the Constitution.

March 30: SC says these issues are "very important" and involve "sentiments" and says a constitution bench would start hearing from May 11.

Mar 27: AIMPLB tells SC that these pleas were not maintainable as the issues fall outside judiciarys realm.

Mar 30: SC says these issues are "very important" and involve "sentiments" and says a constitution bench would start hearing from May 11.

Feb 16: SC says a five-judge constitution bench would be set up to hear and decide the challenge on triple talaq, nikah halala and polygamy.

Feb 14, 2017: SC allows various interlocutory pleas to be tagged along with the main matter.