“Instant divorce” in Muslim personal law leaves Indian Muslim women highly vulnerable
- Triple talaq (saying the word “talaq” three times in a row) grants men instant, unquestioned divorce from their wives, allowing them to throw women out of their home and take their children.
- A government committee has submitted a recommendation for a ban on the practice to India’s ministry of women and child development, but it faces stiff opposition from religious groups.
- Because of India’s religious plurality, the government has left matters of personal law (including marriage and divorce) to be governed by individual religious communities, allowing talaq (permitted under sharia law) to have legal standing.
“For the women I see in my office – hardworking women, good wives and good mothers – this is just plain and simple cruelty.”
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