In what is being hailed as one of India’s benchmark verdicts, the practice of triple talaq has been rendered null and void by the Supreme Court of India on Tuesday, August 22.
While most of the leaders and lawmakers of the country welcomed the decision with open arms, minister of law and justice, Ravi Shankar Prasad, had a twisted view of the same. According to him, there was no need for a new law as the old and existing laws in India pertaining to the same were sufficient to curb this practice. Discussing the court’s verdict in a program by India TV, the minister said:
As of now, there is now need of introducing a new law. If the government sees the need in future, it will surely be done.
When 22 nations, including Muslim nations like Pakistan and Bangladesh, can abolish the practice of triple talaq, then why can’t India being a secular nation do so.
His remarks regarding triple talaq come after the apex court of India, in a majority decision, declared the practice unconstitutional and against the tenets of Islam.
According to reports, the bench consisted of five eminent lawmakers of India. Among them, CJI Khehar and Justice S Abdul Nazeer were in favor of putting the decision on hold for six months and asking the government to come out with a law in this regard while justices Kurian Joseph, R F Nariman and U U Lalit held the practice as a violation of the Constitution.
Hence, the majority decision held that any practice, including that of the triple talaq, that goes against the tenets of Islam would be regarded as null by the Indian law. They further said that the practice of divorce through triple talaq is arbitrary and violates the Indian Constitution and, hence, must be struck down with immediate effect.
On the other hand, the minority verdict by CJI Khehar and Justice Nazeer asked all the political parties to set aside their differences and help New Delhi in coming out with a decision.