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Supreme Court asks centre to submit copy of report on impact of family laws on women

Court was dealing with a plea seeking to declare certain aspects related to divorce and polygamy under the Muslim personal law unconstitutional and illegal

New Delhi: The Supreme Court asked the Union government on Monday to file a copy of its report assessing the impact of family laws on women with the court.

Doing so will make the report public.

The court’s direction came after petitioner Shayara Bano moved court seeking to declare certain aspects related to divorce and polygamy under the Muslim personal law unconstitutional and illegal.

The lawyers for the petitioner told the court that the report prepared by a high-level panel formed by the government was not in the public domain yet. Bano’s lawyers asked for the report to be made public.

A bench comprising chief justice T.S. Thakur and U.U. Lalit allowed the request.

The government has six weeks to place the report before the court.

Bano moved the court questioning the provision of the Muslim Personal Law (Shariat) Application Act, 1937, which validated the practices of triple talaq, nikah halala (remarrying divorced husband without an intervening marriage with another man) and polygamy under Muslim personal laws.

This case, along with another case that the apex court took up on its own to address gender discrimination faced by Muslim women, will be heard by it. The court issued notices in these cases earlier. The court also asked the parties to file their responses.

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