People are in favour of abolition of triple talaq. They do not want any discrimination on the basis of any religious faith against women. Divorce laws in India are such that there are cases of harassment of women by men by not giving divorce and limits opportunities for remarriage and the vice versa. Any rational person would agree that the practice of triple talaq needs to be abolished because of the way it results in the abuse of women. Islam allows a wife the right of ‘khulah’ in which a woman can divorce her husband by giving up her rights, that is to claim her ‘mehr’ which the husband is duty-bound to give his wife, or even by disclaiming the dowry given to the man. India is a patriarchal society and that women have to wait for days and years in courts to solve the problems relating to divorce. Muslims in India should encourage their community to follow Indian law and order and keep religion out of it, like they expect Hindu religion influence in the name of secularism. Does triple-talaq offer any mechanism to review the intent to separate as does the courts today? We must put an end to this Stone Age practice of “Triple Talaq”, which is used by Muslim men to desert wives. All Muslim women must come out against polygamy and Triple Talaq practiced by Muslim men in the name of Islam. The only civilized way is a uniform civil code to ensure that every man and woman is treated equally, as promised by the constitution of India.
Vinod C. Dixit
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