Triple talaq: The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) has decided not to file a review petition against the Supreme Court order which held instant triple talaq ‘illegal’, according to Indian Express report. The law board felt that a review plea may throw open more religious practices like polygamy to judicial scrutiny.This was decided during the AIMPLB executive committee meeting on Sunday. The AIMPLB also has accused the central government of attempting an attack on Muslim personal laws. The law board has welcomed the top court’s verdict for not going in that direction. The meeting was held in Bhopal, the report says.
On August 22, the government had virtually ruled out the need for a new law on triple talaq, the practice of which has been rendered as unconstitutional by the Supreme Court, indicating that existing laws, including the one dealing with domestic violence, were sufficient. “The government will consider the issue in a structured manner. A prima facie reading of the judgement makes it clear that the majority (of the five-member bench) has held it (the practice of instant triple talaq) as unconstitutional and illegal,” Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad was quoted as saying by PTI.
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During the pronouncement of the verdict, Chief Justice of India Khehar and Justice S Abdul Nazeer were in favour of putting on hold for six months the practice of triple talaq and asking the government to come out with a law in this regard, justices Kurian Joseph, R F Nariman and U U Lalit held it as violative of the Constitution. The majority verdict said any practice including triple talaq which is against the tenets of Quran is unacceptable. The three judges also said the practice of divorce through triple talaq is manifestly arbitrary and violative of the Constitution and must be struck down.