Triple talaq is unfair, discriminatory: Centre

Background: Uniform Civil Code, Triple talaq, Gender justice, Articles 14, 15 and 21 of the Constitution.

  • Taking a firm stand against triple talaq, the Centre will submit before the Supreme Court that the practice is unfair, unreasonable and discriminatory, that the issue has to be seen from the point of view of gender justice, and that it is not at all linked to the idea of Uniform Civil Code.
  • Arguing that the plea of the triple talaq’s sanctity under the Shariat is misplaced, the Centre will point out that nearly 20 Islamic countries (including Saudi Arabia and Pakistan) have regulated their matrimonial laws. Several such countries have also devised a mechanism of conciliation.
  • A few days ago, the GoM met and concluded that the issue should not be seen from the point of view of the Uniform Civil Code and that it only deals with the issue of gender justice, non-discrimination with respect to women and the dignity of individuals – principles that permeate the entire scheme of fundamental rights as provided under Articles 14, 15 and 21 of the Constitution.
  • Though the right to practise faith is a fundamental right, the practice itself has to be differentiated from faith.

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