Kolkata: West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee has maintained silence over the Supreme Court verdict abolishing triple talaq even as one key leader of her Trinamool Congress party publicly criticised it.
West Bengal minister Siddiqullah Chowdhury on Wednesday said that sc verdict on triple talaq is unconstitutional. He also raises question that Does the Supreme Court have right to say Triple talaq unlawful as it recognized in constitution.
Siddiqullah also said that the judges were not qualified to pass verdict on a 1,400-year-old practice endorsed by Islamic religious texts such as the Holy Quran and the Hadis.
Earlier, Supreme Court banned on Tuesday a controversial Islamic practice of instant divorce as arbitrary and unconstitutional, in a landmark verdict for gender justice that will stop Muslim men calling off a marriage on a whim.
In a split verdict, three of the five all-male judges on the case said the practice of saying “talaq”, or divorce, three times in one go – sometimes even over email and WhatsApp – violated women’s right to equality and was not integral to Islam.
The dissenting note came from Chief Justice of India JS Khehar and justice S Abdul Nazeer, who argued instant talaq should be suspended and the government asked to bring a law to regulate the practice within six months. The majority verdict overrides the minority view.