Triple talaq: India’s top court bans Islamic practice of instant divorce
By Huizhong Wu, CNN
New Delhi (CNN) India’s Supreme Court banned the controversial Islamic divorce practice known as “Triple talaq” in a landmark ruling.
The practice, that stretches back over a thousand years, allows a husband to divorce his wife by simply saying the Arabic word for divorce, talaq, three times.
The five-judge bench did not unanimously ban the practice, which Balaji Srinivasan, one of the lawyers on the case, called “disappointing.” Instead, three judges ruled that it was unconstitutional, while the remaining two judged that it should be up to the country’s parliament to pass legislation officially banning the practice.
“The majority decision is that triple talaq is banned in law,” said Srinivasan. “From now on in India, the law is that there is no practice of triple talaq which is held to be valid.”
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