India supreme court scraps Muslim “triple talaq” law

Aug 22, 2017, 5:13 AM EDT
(Source: Michał Huniewicz/flickr)
(Source: Michał Huniewicz/flickr)

In a landmark judgment that safeguards right to equality and personal liberty of Muslim women, India’s supreme court on Tuesday suspended the controversial Islamic practice, which allows men to divorce their wives instantly by uttering the word “talaq” three times.

The bench of five judges, from India’s major faiths, rejected the claim that the practice is an integral part of Islam and directed the government to frame a new law in this regard, writes Al Jazeera.

The practice, already banned in more than 20 Muslim nations, continued in India where religious authorities have been the sole guardians of Islamic laws, which critics say, are regressive and oppressive for women, notes The Guardian