SC moved challenging triple talaq ordinance

Founded in 1925, the Samastha Kerala JamiathulUlemaia a religious organisation of the Muslim scholars and clerics in Kerala.

IANS
New Delhi, Publish Date: Sep 26 2018 12:09AM | Updated Date: Sep 26 2018 12:09AM
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The Samastha Kerala JamiathulUlema on Tuesday moved the Supreme Court challenging the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Ordinance, 2018 on the grounds that it invokes penal provisions against a class of people based on their religious identity.

The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Ordinance, 2018 -- commonly referred to as triple talaq ordinance -- abolishes the practice of triple talaq and makes its punishable.

Founded in 1925, the Samastha Kerala JamiathulUlemaia a religious organisation of the Muslim scholars and clerics in Kerala.

Contending that the triple talaq ordinance is violative of Article 14, 15 and 21 of the Indian Constitution, the petitioner organisation has said that it has national ramification as it has introduced penal provision punishing a class of persons based on religious identity.

The JamiathulUlema has contended that the ordinance is "causative of grave public mischief, which, if unchecked, may lead to polarisation and disharmony in society".

The petitioner organisation has taken exception to the word "unabated" in the ordinance, which says that despite the Supreme Court holding the practice of triple talaq (talaq-e-biddat) as unconstitutional, it is continuing "unabated".

Describing the use of word "unabated" as "entirely whimsical", the petitioner organisation termed it "misleading, inept and improper".

It said that it is doubtful that anybody, including the Central government, has any idea of all-India statics on the occurrence of triple talaq across te country prior to the Supreme Court judgment.

It has contended the fact that the matter is pending before the RajyaSabha is "reason to await the outcome of the matter, not basis to accelerate its coming into force by an emergency ordinance". 

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