The Supreme Court of India today announced the final verdict on the legality of the Islamic personal law practice of Triple Talaq. The apex court through a 3:2 verdict termed it unconstitutional even as it asked Parliament to frame a law. Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter to hail the verdict after the historic announcement. He shared a post saying, “Judgment of the Hon’ble SC on Triple Talaq is historic. It grants equality to Muslim women and is a powerful measure for women empowerment.” Bharatiya Janata Party national president Amit Shah also welcomed the verdict and said, “The decision will help crores of women in the country to live respectfully.” He added, “the Supreme Court verdict is a step towards ‘New India’.” He also said, “This verdict is historic, its not about anyone’s win or loss. I welcome this on behalf of the party.”
Here is the post by PM Narendra Modi-
Judgment of the Hon'ble SC on Triple Talaq is historic. It grants equality to Muslim women and is a powerful measure for women empowerment.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 22, 2017
The verdict was announced by a five-judge bench headed by Chief Justice of India JS Khehar. Justice Nariman, Lalit and Kurien have opposed Chief Justice of India JS Khehar and Justice Nazir’s view. Justice Khehar, who first read his judgment, had asked the central government to bring a legislation and Parliament to look into the matter, according to reports.
The Supreme Court further directed the Union Government to formulate a new legislation within six months, with the involvement of all political parties, keeping politics aside. The apex court reportedly referred to the abolition of triple talaq in the Islamic countries and asked “why can’t independent India get rid of it.” CJI Khehar, while pronouncing the judgement, however, upheld the practice and said, “Talaq-e-biddat is not violative of articles 14, 15, 21 and 25 of the Constitution.” The CJI, further using his power under Article 142, directed the Union of India to form a proper legislature regarding ‘talaq-e-iddat’, according to ANI.