Triple Talaq, everyone heard about it and many can’t really believe this kind of separation still exists in India. Triple talaq means instant divorce, just like Maggi which is an instant food to be cooked in 2 minutes, the divorce can be even faster, if a husband can say talaq thrice in less than 2 minutes.
While many Islamic countries got rid of triple talaq long ago, including Pakistan and Bangladesh, India could be the only country in the world where a Muslim man can divorce his wife by just uttering the word talaq (divorce) three times. This is totally absurd and this can be only removed if Muslim Women come forward and fight for it. When the social activists try, it is not working and we need the Supreme Court to declare it unconstitutional.
A secular country like India should have the Uniform Civil Code and the divorce in any religion should follow the same rules. Muslims can’t have their own laws for the divorce.
Latest case came into limelight about Shayara Bano, a 35 year old woman with kids, received a letter from her husband telling her that he is divorcing her. She went to her parents place in Uttarakhand for medical treatment when she received this letter called, talaqnama. After sending the letter, the husband became unavailable on phone. She was married for 15 years and got divorced with a letter.
When it is not valid in many countries, why is it still thriving in India? Is it only for political gains? No politician wants to talk about uniform civil code which determines one law for everyone. Usually the minorities ask for equal rights in all the countries, but India is special in treating minorities as majority and minorities reject uniform civil code. They want to follow Islamic law in a secular country.
Shayara Bano filed a petition in the Supreme Court asking the ban on triple talaq completely. Many Muslims say Koran does not allow instant triple talaq, but allows three months for reconciliation.
It doesn’t matter what Koran says when everyone in secular India should follow the same law. Every man or woman has to follow the same rules during divorce. No one can have a law based on their religion. Supreme court needs to come up with a law to protect Muslim women.
For anything to change, Muslim women should stay united and fight to get a total ban on triple talaq.
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