SC ruling on Triple Talaq historic, grants equality to Muslim women: Priya

Excelsior Correspondent
Jammu, Aug 22: Minister of State for Education, Technical Education, Culture, Tourism, Department of Horticulture, Floriculture and Parks, Priya Sethi today said that Judgment of the Supreme Court (SC) on Triple Talaq is historic and grants equality to Muslim women. This decision, she added is a powerful measure for women empowerment.
“This is the first-ever verdict in favour of Muslim women,” she said adding that the SC’s judgement is victory for all those who believed personal laws must also be progressive and compliant with constitutional guarantees.
Priya Sethi added that with this judgement, India has joined the list of several other countries where triple talaq is un-Islamic. The practise was unconstitutional and violated fundamental rights of women as it irrevocably ended marriages without any scope of reconciliation. She said that after 1829 when The Bengal Sati Regulation banned Sati practice in all jurisdictions of British India this is another historic decision which will go down as a great piece of judgement delivered in 2017.
The case, Priya Sethi said was quite sensitive where sentiments were involved but the SC has taken a historic decision and also directing the union government to consider appropriate legislation in this regard. Though in the initial stage the SC ruling has come for six months, it is hoped that it will give quite a reprieve to the women folk, she added. Priya Sethi also hailed the efforts of Zakia Soman, co-founder of the Indian Muslim Women’s Movement, which was part of the legal battle to end triple talaq.
The Minister of State said that this significant Supreme Court’s ruling is progressive because it recognises that this talaq practice is extremely oppressive to women and strengthens the faith in our judicial system. “This was the demand of ordinary Muslim women for over 70 years and time has come when country not only heard their vice but also recognised it. The current government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi too was of the view that this practice oppressed Muslim women and needed to be ended, she added.


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