Even as the Supreme Court struck down the instant Triple Talaq practise on Tuesday, Muslim Members of the Parliament had a sense of relief as most of the verdict had not put the ball in the government’s court, asking it to enact a legislation. They also felt relieved that the top court confined to the Triple Talaq verdict and didn’t interfere with Muslim personal law, an Indian Express report said.
In fact, AIMIM chief and Lok Sabha MP from Hyderabad Asaduddin Owaisi said that the verdict has thrown a spanner in the plans of the centre to bring in the Uniform Civil Code (UCC). He also added that the lack of unanimity between judges shows how contentious the issue is.
“In court, former attorney general Mukul Rohatgi had argued for doing away with all forms of talaq…. In fact, that scared the petitioners, who said they only want talaq-e-biddat (instant talaq) and nikah halala (which requires a woman to marry and sleep with another man in order to return to her first husband) to go. That is when the cat was out of the bag — had all forms of talaq been declared unconstitutional, they (BJP) would have used it as a ploy to introduce UCC”, he was quoted as saying by Indian Express.
“They do not know that women from the Northeast have moved the court saying they should be allowed to continue with the practice of polyandry. What kind of law can this government bring? How can we trust them?” Welcoming the verdict, former minority affairs minister and Rajya Sabha MP K Rahman Khan said that instant triple talaq is not a part of Islam. “This judgment is not an interference in personal law. It is only making a practice which is not in accordance with Quran as unconstitutional,” the paper quoted him as saying further.
“The minority judgment had spoken about Parliament enacting a law. After the majority judgment, there is no need for a law now….they (Central government) should not interfere once it has been clarified. They need not make a law,” he added as per Indian Express.