Delhi Commission for Women has decided to undertake a study on ‘unilateral triple talaq’ which has become a burning issue in the backdrop of a case in the Supreme Court challenging this practice along with that of nikkah halala and polygamy.
DCW which wants to formulate its recommendations in this regard is seeking a copy of all the laws pertaining to unilateral triple talaq, marriage, divorce and polygamy in Islamic countries as well as in countries with a significant Muslim population in order to study these laws in depth and understand the existing best practices on the issue across the globe.
DCW chairperson Swati Maliwal has written to the Ministry of External Affairs and sought to know if the latter can coordinate with the Embassies and Consulates of the relevant countries to collect these laws or if the Commission should directly write to them.
“Delhi Commission for Women is of the opinion that the issues raised in the Shayara Bano case is of pertinence to the lives of Muslim women in India. DCW would be exercising its mandate in this regard and giving recommendations on this important matter,” she said.
Maliwal said DCW will hold consultation sessions with experts in Sharia and Islamic jurisprudence as well as with legal experts and hold a public consultation on this issue, she said.
The Commission also sought the views and suggestions from people on this issue which can be sent at firstname.lastname@example.org or on DCW’s official address.
The Supreme Court had recently sought the Centre’s response on a plea challenging the constitutionality of Muslim practices of polygamy, triple talaq (talaq-e-bidat) and nikah halala.