The Congress Party on Wednesday welcomed Supreme Court’s verdict on Triple Talaq and said the judgement has given respite to the Muslim women. Speaking to ANI, Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said that some people were misusing the Islamic practice to get divorce. “I welcome the verdict of Supreme Court. It is wrong and unIslamic to pronounce talaq thrice over phone or write it down in message and get divorce. People were misusing this practice. This verdict has given respite to the Muslim women. There is a provision in Islam on Triple Talaq but it was being misused,” he said.
Another Congress leader Brijesh Kalappa also hailed the decision said such decision which gives equal right to women is always welcome. “This is a very good decision. Everbody with progressive idea will welcome this move. We welcome such decision which provides equal right to women,” he told ANI. Earlier on Tuesday, the Supreme Court struck down the practice of Triple Talaq as ‘unconstitutional’ by a 3:2 majority.
The five-judge constitution bench headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Jagdish Singh Khehar, deciding on the verdict, was seemingly split on the legality of the practice. CJI Khehar, while pronouncing the judgement, said, “Talaq-e-biddat is not violative of Articles 14, 15, 21 and 25 of the Constitution”, but did say that there was a need for Parliament to on enact a law on the issue at the earliest. The decision came soon after the apex court resumed the hearing on the matter on Tuesday morning.