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Triple Talaq: SC terms it ‘serious issue’, five-judge constitution bench to decide on pleas

Triple Talaq: SC terms it ‘serious issue’, five-judge constitution bench to decide on pleas

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday said that it will frame on March 30, a series of issues from a legal perspective and clear aspects in the legislative domain on triple talaq and polygamy in the Muslim community. The apex court said that this was a very serious issue and needed to be heard.

A five-judge constitution bench will sit in May to decide on pleas relating to aspects of triple talaq.

The court said that it will frame issues on March 30 regarding triple talaq, nikah halala and polygamy in Muslims for its consideration.

The apex court had earlier in its last hearing clarified that it would not get into the common civil code issue. The top court had also made it clear that it wants to adjudicate on the triple talaq issue as it is a matter involving a person’s human rights.

The Supreme Court on February 14 termed ‘triple talaq’ as an issue of human rights, and said that it will not hear the petitions related to Uniform Civil Code along with it as it was a different matter altogether. “It’s a matter of human rights, so we would deal with it properly,” the court said.

The apex court also said that it would pass an order and dispose off the petitions on May 11, regarding the validity of triple talaq case.

A bench of the apex court, headed by Chief Justice of India, Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar said so after hearing the plea filed by one Shayara Banu, who had moved the apex court challenging the validity of triple talaq.

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.

(With ANI inputs)