Triple talaq: How Indian Muslim women fought, and won, the divorce battle

the triple talaq contentious Islamic practice of quick divorce was declared unlawful by the Indian Supreme Court. Rights advocates welcome it as a significant win. However, as BBC Delhi’s Geeta Pandey recounts, the fight was not easy.

Triple talaq

Muslim women in India have long complained of living in constant fear of being out of their matrimonial homes in a matter of seconds because a Muslim man can end years of marriage by saying the word “talaq” (divorce) three times if he so desires.

In India, an effort to stop unilateral instant “triple talaq” started some decades ago.

However, it gained traction last year when a 35-year-old mother of two petitioned the Supreme Court for justice.

Shayara Bano’s appeal, filed in February 2016, said that she was visiting her parents in Uttarakhand for medical treatment when she got her so-called talaqnama, a letter from her husband announcing his divorce.

What is triple talaq? Analysis, Geeta Pandey, BBC News

According to Islamic scholars, the Koran explicitly specifies how to get a divorce: it must be granted over three months, giving the couple time to ponder and reconcile.

Although most Islamic nations, including Pakistan and Bangladesh, have outlawed quick triple talaq, it remains legal in India.

Unscrupulous husbands may now abandon their spouses through phone, email, or text thanks to contemporary technology. Men have also utilized Skype, WhatsApp, or Facebook for this reason in the past.

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