4 min read.Updated: 16 May 2017, 04:33 AM ISTLivemint
Personal law must be subordinate to fundamental rights and subjected to the test of constitutional validity
“Can what is sinful in the eyes of God be lawful? If God considers it a sin, it can’t be legal. Can it be?" Chief Justice of India J.S. Khehar’s question on the second day of the Supreme Court (SC) case regarding the constitutional validity of triple talaq sums up the difficulties surrounding the contentious issue. Wading through the thicket of religious interpretation is a tricky task for any secular legal authority. More importantly, Khehar’s framing of a just law validated by religious belief points to the dangers inherent in blurring the boundaries between the two.
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