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Salman Khurshid hails triple talaq verdict, says it uproots practices established outside Islam


New Delhi [India], August 22 (ANI): Appreciating the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the triple talaq practice as 'unconstitutional', senior advocate Salman Khurshid said the decision has uncovered the real Islam and has directed to uproot all the practices established outside Islam in the country or elsewhere.

Speaking to ANI, the former Minister of External Affairs said that “what we hoped for has happened and it is a good decision.”

"There is no role of legislature now as it is only the minority, which said the legislature should step in, but the majority has not sought that so now there is no role of legislature," he said, while commenting on the court's directive to bring a new legislation in place.

Earlier in the day, the Supreme Court struck down the practice of Triple Talaq as 'unconstitutional' by a 3:2 majority.

Commenting on the split decision Khurshid said, “Chief Justice’s opinion was a minority opinion; the chief justice himself recognized that at the end when the order was passed, it is the majority that prevails in our system and therefore the majority has not asked for the matter to go to the parliament, therefore what the chief justice has said is no longer of any functional value.”

In the verdict that ruled out today, Justice Nariman, Justice Lalit and Justice Kurien opposed the view of Justice Nazir and Chief Justice of India J.S. Khehar and dubbed the practice of Triple Talaq as unconstitutional and unislamic.

The Supreme Court has further asked the Union Government to formulate a new legislation within six months.

The apex court reportedly referred to the abolition of triple talaq in the Islamic countries and asked "why can't independent India get rid of it."

The decision came soon after the apex court resumed the hearing on the matter on Tuesday morning.

CJI Khehar, while pronouncing the judgement, however, upheld the practice and said, "Talaq-e-biddat is not violative of articles 14, 15, 21 and 25 of the Constitution."

The CJI, further using his power under Article 142, directed the Union of India to form a proper legislature regarding 'talaq-e-iddat.'
CJI Khehar said that all parties must decide keeping politics aside.

The constitution bench had reserved its verdict on May 18 after a six-day marathon hearing. (ANI)

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