Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Thursday that the Allahabad High Court’s verdict on triple talaq is very important and should should not end up like the Shah Bano case.
“Allahabad High Court’s verdict on triple talaq is important and respectful. It should not end up like Shah Bano case,” said the Shiv Sena chief.
The Shah Bano case was a controversial maintenance lawsuit wherein a Muslim woman named Shah Bano, was divorced by her husband in 1978. She filed a criminal suit in the Supreme Court of India, in which she won the right to alimony from her husband. However, she was subsequently denied the alimony when the Indian Parliament reversed the judgement under pressure from the Islamic orthodoxy.
The Allahabad High Court on Thursday termed the Islamic practice of divorcing a woman by uttering the word “talaq” thrice as unconstitutional.
The High Court further observed that the triple talaq practice sanctioned under Muslim Personal Law that governs marriage, property and divorce violates the rights of Muslim women.
“Triple talaq is unconstitutional, it violates the rights of Muslim women,” ruled the High Court, adding that no personal law board is above the Constitution.
Several women have filed a petition before the Supreme Court seeking the quashing of the triple talaq practice. The Central Government has also told the top court that it is against gender injustice and for equality between men and women under the Constitution.
Meanwhile, a Muslim Cleric, Khalid Rashid Firangi Mahali on Thursday said they will appeal against the Allahabad High Court’s decision on triple talaq.
“We respect High Court’s verdict but we have constitutional right to appeal against it if not satisfied,” he said. (ANI)