India’s Supreme Court has opened investigations after a set of petitions called into question the practice of instant divorce from Islam. The court will examine whether the practice is fundamental in religion.

Although the practice is decades old, the “triple talaq” is not mentioned any time in the Koran or Xariá (Muslim canon law).
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India’s Supreme Court has opened investigations after a set of petitions called into question the practice of instant divorce from Islam. The court will examine whether the practice is fundamental in religion. India is one of the countries in the world where the Muslim man can instantly divorce his wife just by saying the word “talaq” three times. The term “talaq” means “repudiation” or simply “divorce” and many activists consider it discriminatory.

According to the BBC, many Muslim groups have already disputed the court’s intervention in their religious affairs, although the movement has the support of the Indian government. The matter is being heard by five judges of different faiths – a Christian, a Hindu, a Muslim, a Sikh and a Masdeist – who have put together in a single document the various petitions of women’s rights groups.

Activists say that in most Muslim countries, including Pakistan and Bangladesh, it remains a recurring practice. Although the practice is decades old, the “triple talaq” is not mentioned any time in the Koran or Xaria (Muslim canon law).

 

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