Jai ho! Triple talaq is nothing, Vice-President's wife trashes clerics

Aligarh: Anti-triple talaq chorus has got a fillip with wife of Vice President Hamid Ansari coming out against Triple Talaq. Salma Ansari said that uttering talaq thrice does not amount to anything. She called upon the Muslim women to read the Quran thoroughly instead of relying on clerics for their views on Islam.

“There can be no ‘talaq’ just because someone says ‘talaq, talaq, talaq’ three times,” Ansari told reporters on Saturday.

“Whatever the maulana said you think it’s true. You read the Quran in Arabic but never read its translations. Women should read the Quran, ponder on it, gain knowledge what the Shariat says and not just follow anyone blindly,” she added.

Ansari was participating in a program at Chacha Nehru Madarsa run by Aligarh’s Al Noor charitable society.

The Allahabad High Court had in December 2016 held that the practice of triple talaq is ‘cruel’ and raised an issue that whether the Muslim Personal Law could be amended to provide relief to the Muslim women.

The High Court also stated that the form of ‘instant divorce’ is ‘most demeaning’.

The Supreme Court is to hear multiple pleas challenging the validity of triple talaq, ‘nikah halala’ and polygamy practices among Muslims community on May 11 by a Constitution bench during the summer vacation.

Earlier on March 27, the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) told the apex court that the pleas challenging such practices among Muslims were not maintainable as the issues fell outside the realm of judiciary.