A group of women on Wednesday staged a unique protest against Triple Talaq issue in Uttar Pradesh’s Varanasi. The women went to a temple in the city and chanted Hanuman Chalisa, news agency ANI reported. The protest came at a time when the issue has grabbed national attention and many developments have takedn place in regards to it at all levels of society. Just yesterday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had urged the Muslim community leaders to not to politicise the issue of triple talaq – he had met them in Delhi. The PM, while holding a meet with the members of Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind, urged the leaders to take responsibility for initiating reform over the issue. Prime Minister’s comment came during a meeting with 25 leaders from the Muslim community, under the umbrella of the Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind.
Another important developmemt in the issue may come up tomorrow as the Supreme Court of India is scheduled to commence hearing on a batch of pleas challenging the constitutional validity of ‘triple talaq’, ‘nikah halala’ and polygamy practices among Muslims. A Constitution bench of five-judges headed by Chief Justice J Khehar will commence hearing on seven petitions in issue. The seven petitions will include five separate writ petitions filed by Muslim women challenging practice as unconstitutional.
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Headed by Chief Justice Khehar, the bench will also comprise Justices Kurian Joseph, R F Nariman, U U Lalit and Abdul Nazeer, will also take up the main matter on its own as a petition titled “Muslim Women’s quest for equality”.
The hearing will bear significant importance as the apex court has decided to hear the case during the summer vacation. The court has even suggested that it is likely to sit on Saturdays and Sundays to decide the contentious and sensitive issues arising in the matter.