New Delhi, March 30, 2017: The Supreme Court of India on Thursday referred the petitions against the divorce practice of triple talaq to the constitution bench. The hearing in the case will begin on May 11.
Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi plea to hear the case before the summer vacation was rejected by the apex court. A five-judge bench will be constituted by the top court to hear the matter.
In recent years, Triple talaq has witnessed repeated legal challenges and the government has said it wants to replace it with a new uniform civil code applicable to all religious groups. But that proposal has met stiff opposition from Muslim groups, who argue that it would discriminate against them.
Earlier, the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) opposed the petitions, claiming that it would infringe their religious beliefs. According to media, the practice has been abolished by many Muslim-majority countries such as Pakistan and Indonesia.