SC verdict on triple talaq not the game changer Muslim women were looking for: Fails to alter …

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court passed a landmark judgment on the apply of  talaq-e-biddat or prompt triple talaq, calling it “manifestly arbitrary” and in opposition to the essential tenets of Islam”.

The court split 3:two with the the greater part terming the apply illegal and unconstitutional. Nevertheless, the minority — which includes the outgoing Main Justice JS Khehar — questioned the Centre to convey in legislation to govern the apply.

Representational image. AFP

With this verdict, India joins the list of 19 other nations, together with Pakistan and Egypt, which have banned the apply.

The apex court, in its judgment, mentioned that less than the apply of prompt triple talaq, women are subjected to divorce in just one go — with out the intervention of preference of lawful motion — about e-mail, Skype and WhatsApp and included that this was unconstitutional as it violated the correct to equality less than Report fourteen of the Constitution.

Narendra Modi, in his tweets, hailed the verdict as “historic” and reported it would grant equality to Muslim women and would be a highly effective evaluate for feminine empowerment. But was this the secular and progressive intervention that the Muslim women were in search of? In my feeling, it wasn’t.

All over the judgment, the bench grappled with the under no circumstances-ending discussion among human rights and cultural relativism. In this battle among flexibility of faith and the elementary rights of women, the latter would seem subordinate offered the deliberations of the judges on the challenge.

In truth, Main Justice Khehar also remarked, at some position: “It is not open up to a court to take an egalitarian method about a apply which constitutes an integral part of faith.”

Kamal Farooqui, govt member of the All India Muslim Own Law Board (AIMPLB), place the dichotomy among faith and elementary rights in pretty crystal clear terms: “Court buy has impacted the rights of religious minority to apply their faith. So it will be having large ramifications… our sensation is that the judgment does not stick to Constitutional guarantees.”

A person may talk to: What does the verdict do for gender equality and women’s rights? The reply: Not significantly.

Simply because even though talaq-e-biddat has been declared unconstitutional, talaq-e-sunnat even now exists, and hence, Muslim guys even now hold the correct to pronounce divorce in opposition to their wives with out resorting to lawful motion. Although the battle of women to go the apex court was rewarded, this verdict does not improve the dynamics of gender parity.

And finally, the judgment destinations a superior worth on the institution of marriage with regard to women’s rights. The bench debated the mother nature of Hindu marriage as a “sacrament” and Muslim marriage as a “contract” when the challenge was crystal clear: Do Muslim women have the identical rights in marriage as Muslim guys? By bringing up the mother nature of marriage and the strategy of particular laws, the Supreme Court however all over again subordinated the purpose and rights of women.

Only Justice Kurian’s feeling presents us a complete background of the apply, and what the next measures really should be, with out meandering into irrelevant discussions. His feeling places out regardless of whether or not triple talaq has any lawful sanctity, and it is based mostly on Shamim Ara v. State of UP and Anr  which held that triple talaq “lacks lawful sanctity”.

In summary, even though the judgment has been heralded as a game changer, it adds pretty minor lawful worth in the larger sized scheme of matters.

The motive for this may be simply because Muslim women are trapped among religious ideology, which is frequently laden with “patriarchal tyranny” and the strategy of secular and universalist constitutional rights.

As Zakia Soman of the Bhartiya Muslim Mahila Andolan reported: “… the struggle for women’s rights will go on.”

The complete textual content of the Supreme Court judgment is readily available here.

 

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Authored by Saliqa Khan

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