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SC seeks Centre's reply on fresh plea challenging triple talaq law

  • A bench headed by Justice N. V. Ramana issued notice to the Centre and sought its response on the plea filed by an association which has challenged the criminalization of triple talaq The bench ordered that the petition be tagged with similar pleas which are already pending in the apex court

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday issued notice to Centre on the PIL challenging the constitutional validity of law criminalizing triple talaq filed by Muslim Advocate Association.

The petition was heard before the Apex Court bench headed by Justice N.V. Ramana and comprising of Justices Indira Bangerjee and Ajay Rastogi.

The present petition was filed by Muslim Advocate Assocation from Andhra Pradesh. Since there are other similar petitions filed challenging the criminalization of triple talaq, the top court has directed to tag this case with the those and will be heard together.

On 23 August, the Supreme Court has issued notice to the Union Government on similar petitions.

A batch of petitions were filed by ‘Samastha Kerala Jamiathul Ulema’, a religious organization of Sunni Muslim scholars; Amir Rashid Madni, a politician and Islamic scholar, and a Muslim organization called Jamiat Ulama- I- Hind, challenging the the criminalization of the practice of triple talaq.

The new law — The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Act 2019 — makes the declaration of triple talaq a cognizable offence, attracting up to three years imprisonment with a fine. An accused can be arrested without a warrant.