National Commission for Women chairperson Lalitha Kumaramangalam has called for banning the practice of triple talaq, wherein a Muslim man unilaterally divorce his wife by saying ‘talaq’ thrice.
The latest opposition to the practice comes after the Centre earlier this month told the Supreme Court that it was against the contentious custom — the first time a government has officially taken a stand on the issue.
“Though the issue (triple talaq) has become political and polarised, for us, it is not a political issue. We want the practice to be banned as it is highly discriminatory against Muslim women,” the NCW chairperson said.
The triple talaq practice is part of the Muslim personal law based on Sharia, which also allows men to have four wives.
Kumaramangalam said the NCW has sent its view on triple talaq to the women and child development and law ministries.
“We had got feedback from Muslim women across the country, who said the practice is highly discriminatory. They told us that they did not know how to negotiate the social customs. We decided to give our views after receiving a large number of complaints,” she said.
However, the NCW wants the issue of triple talaq to be de-linked from the Uniform Civil Code. “Even personal laws are unequal and biased, but we are not looking at it right now. There is a need to revisit these laws,” the NCW chief said.