Saturday, October 8, 2016

Finally Centre opposes triple talaq in Supreme Court, saying gender equality not negotiable

The Central government today opposed the triple talaq while filing an affidavit against it in the Supreme Court. The Centre in its statement said that there can be no negotiation on the uplift of women and their Right to Equality.

The government filed a 28-page affidavit adding that dignity of women cannot be compromised and that triple talaq cannot be an essential part of religion.

In its affidavit, the Centre said, "Practises like triple talaq are against the principles of equality and dignity enshrined in the Indian Constitution. Validity of polygamy and triple talaq should be seen in the light of gender justice."

The Centre said, "There is no reason that women in India should be denied their constitutional rights. The sanctity of triple talaq under the Sharia law is completely misplaced in a secular country and is unfair, discriminatory and unreasonable."

The Centre also mentioned that nearly 20 Islamic countries including Pakistan and Bangladesh have regulated matrimonial laws.

Earlier on September 2, the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) had told the Supreme Court that personal laws cannot be re-written in the name of reforms. The AIMPLB in its stand for the triple talaq had said that marriage is a contract in which both parties are not hysically equal. it had added that a male is stronger and a female is weak.

The Board while justifying its stand on triple talaq had said, "Securing separation through a court takes long time and deters the prospects of re-marriage. Personal laws cannot be challenged as being violative of Part III of the Constitution." The AIMPLB had told the Supreme Court that Uniform Civil Code was a directive principle and therefore not enforceable.

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