Centre against triple talaq, polygamy; calls it unnecessary
New Delhi: The Union government on Friday opposed the triple talaq system in Islam calling it against the dignity of women. Government told the Supreme Court that 'triple talaq', 'nikaah halaal' and polygamy, which is practiced by the Muslims of India is not the custom in Islam.
"The fact that Muslim countries where Islam is the state religion have undergone extensive reforms goes to establish that the practise in question cannot be regarded as integral to the practices of Islam or essential religious practices," argued the government in an affidavit filed on Friday.
Citing the example of changes in marriage laws in Iran, Egypt, Indonesia, Turkey, Tunisia, Morocco, Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan, Centre said that several nations have made changes in their marriage laws.
"It is noteworthy that even theocratic states have undergone reforms in this area of the law and therefore in a secular republic like India, there is no reason to deny women the right available under the constitution," it added.
All India Personal Law Board, however, has sought to dismiss the application saying Court should not interfere in the issues of Sharia. The Supreme Court has sought a response from the government.