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Triple talaq hearing begins; SC not to deliberate on polygamy issue  

Prime News National News, (New Delhi) May 11:- A five-judge Constitution bench of Supreme Court on Thursday commenced hearing on a plea that the triple talaq and nikah halala violated Muslim women’s rights to equality and dignity.

The SC, however, said the issue of the practice of polygamy among Muslims may not be part of its deliberations.

The Constitution bench comprising Chief Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar, Justice Kurian Joseph, Justice Rohinton Fali Nariman, Justice Uday Umesh Lalit and Justice S Abdul Nazeer are likely to hear the matter for seven days. Interestingly, the members of the bench are from different religious communities including Sikh, Christian, Parsee, Hindu, and Muslim.

The SC said it would examine whether triple talaq is fundamental to religion. “We will also examine whether triple talaq is part of the enforceable fundamental right,” added the SC.

The hearing assumes significance as the apex court has decided to hear the case during the summer vacation and even suggested that it is likely to sit on Saturdays and Sundays to expeditiously decide the contentious and sensitive issues arising in the matter.

The hearing holds importance as the Allahabad High Court, in its verdict pronounced in the last week of April, had held the practice of triple talaq as unilateral and bad in law.

The High Court verdict had come while dismissing a petition filed by one Aaqil Jamil whose wife had filed a criminal complaint against him alleging that he had tortured her for dowry and when his demands were not met, he gave her triple talaq.

-(MR,Agencies)

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