Supreme Court concludes hearing on triple talaq, reserves verdict
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday concluded its historic hearing on triple talaq, but reserved its order. The six-day hearing was conducted on a clutch of petitions challenging triple talaq, polygamy and ‘nikah halala’ and was heard by a five-member Constitution bench of the apex court which included judges from different religious communities including Muslim, Hindu, Sikh, Christian, and Parsi.
During the final stages of the hearing, the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB), which is defending triple talaq in the apex court, on Thursday said it is ready to issue an advisory to all qazis (Islamic jurists) to ascertain women’s view on triple talaq and put it in the nikahnaama (contract of the Islamic marriage).
Still, AIMPLB lawyer and former Law Minister Kapil Sibal reiterated his earlier argument that the Supreme Court should not get into validity of religious customs and beliefs.
When the bench asked Sibal how a custom which is “theologically sinful” be part of the practices of a community, Sibal said testing the validity of customs and practices of a community is a “slippery slope” and the Supreme Court must not venture into it.
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