Women are directly affected by triple talaq leaving them socially and financially insecure: Govt
 Source : News Bharati English  Date : 11-Apr-2017

New Delhi, April 11: In Supreme Court, the Union government was found arguing on triple talaq and Polygamy amongst the Muslims on Monday. They said that practicing triple talaq and Polygamy were not protected by fundamental right to practice religion. They also said that that practicing this can leave women socially and financially insecure.The Union government felt sad that in last 65 years there are no reforms in Muslim personal law. The Muslim woman who covers 8% of the population remains extremely vulnerable in fear of instant divorce.

Advocate Madhavi Divan submitted a written copy to SC filled by Centre which stated that "Even though it may be true to say that only some women are directly and actually affected by triple talaq and polygamy, the fact remains that every woman who is subject to the said law lives under threat, fear or prospect of these practices being invoked against her, which in turn impacts her status, her choices, her conduct and her right to life with dignity (guaranteed under Article 21, right to life)".

“The practices of triple talaq and polygamy as patriarchal notions that impeded women role in society” stated government. They even added that gender inequity has a ripple effect on the rest of the community, preventing it from partaking in full, liberties guaranteed by a modern Constitution.

Referring to All India Muslim Personal Law Board's stand that practices of triple talaq, nikah halala and polygamy might be undesirable but are part of essential practice under the religion, Centre said no undesirable practice can be elevated to the status of an essential practice.