India's Muslim Law Board to crack down on flimsy or wanton triple talaq
Last year, a high court in India had said that the Islamic practice violated the equality of women. Photograph: (Zee News Network)
The body responsible for overseeing Islamic practice in India said those who give triple talaq without valid reasons or wantonly will face social boycott.
Amid intense pressure from rights groups, Muslim women and right-wing political parties, the All India Muslim Personal Law Board has backtracked from its previous stance of standing strong by the Islamic practice of triple talaq.
In Islamic law, a man can simply say talaq (divorce) to his wife to annul the marriage.
"Those who give triple talaq without reasons prescribed by the Sharia (reigious law) will face social boycott," AIMPLB said, reported PTI.
"It has been decided in executive body meeting that those misusing triple talaq will face social boycott," The Times of India quoted AIMLPB's Maulana Khalid R Firangi as saying.
The board has also decided ensure the Islamic custom is practiced in the rarest of the rare case.
The constitutional validity of triple talaq is currently under review in India's Supreme Court.
Last year, a high court in India had said that the Islamic practice violated the equality of women.
Different sets of personal or family laws govern different religions in India. Personal laws for Muslims are partially based on the Sharia law.
The federal government had, earlier this week, told the Supreme Court that the practices of 'triple talaq', 'nikah halala' and polygamy had an adverse impact on the social status and dignity of Muslim women and denied them the fundamental rights guaranteed by the Constitution.
Rights activists and several Muslim women have also railed against the Islamic practice of triple talaq.
But several clerics and the AIMPLB have stoutly defended the custom, saying personal laws are outside the realms of the judiciary.
The Board said the validity of Mohammedan Law, founded essentially on the Holy Quran and sources based on it, cannot be tested on the particular provisions of the Indian Constitution.