Ban On Triple Talaq Is Hopefully A Long-standing Victory For Gender Equality

Although this is not a new issue, I cannot help thinking about it as a woman from the Islamic faith The triple Taliban has always been a significant setback in maintaining equal rights for women in society. But it is encouraging to note that many countries are taking decisive steps to eliminate the problem. Around 20 countries have addressed the problem and banned triple talaq in the country.

Talaq, a word of Arabic origin, implies freedom. Talaq is used in Islamic culture to divorce the wife. Triple talaq means saying the talaq three times, which unfortunately results in the instant dissolution of the wedding.  “Triple talaq,” as it’s known, allows a husband to divorce his wife by repeating the word “talaq” (divorce) three times in any form, including email or text message.

India is among the recent countries to ban triple talaq in the country. In this regard, the Indian Supreme Court passed the bill that prohibits triple talaq, and that if anyone violates the decision, he would have to face imprisonment of up to three years and bear hefty fines.

According to the majority ruling, “triple talaq is against the basic tenets of the Holy Quran, and consequently, it violates Shariat… What is held to be bad in the Holy Quran cannot be good in Shariat, and, in that sense, what is bad in theology is bad in law as well.”

Many sections indeed opposed this progress. Even in parliament, the opposition has always been there, such as when the issue was first brought up.  For example, India’s prime minister Narendra Modi praised the decision at the time by saying he hailed the court decision as a “powerful measure for women’s empowerment.” 

But I believe the ban on triple talaq has become the most important news for women and a firm step towards gender equality in society. As the prime minister, Modi said, “Parliament abolishes Triple Talaq and corrects a historical wrong done to Muslim women. This is a victory of gender justice and will further equality in society. India rejoices today!”

No doubt, talaq is an option given to the men by Islam, but it is also recognized as a least favorite activity.  Many women of the nation thanked the prime minister for highlighting the issue.  Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi also viewed the amendment as a positive step for women’s empowerment and conveyed that the legislation would help reduce Taliban incidents.

We have already noticed the results. As per the last year, there was an 82 percent drop in triple cases, the lowest compared to the percentage spanning over the past decades.

And let’s not forget how many women stood up and made this new development what it is today.  

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