The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB), the top decision-making body of the Muslims, backed the issue of ‘triple talaq’ on Friday. Stating that the Supreme Court cannot interfere in religious freedom, the AIMPLB said that personal laws can’t be challenged as that would be a violation of the fundamental rights guaranteed by the Constitution.
The AIMPLB in its affidavit told the Supreme Court that the validity of triple talaq cannot be decided by the Court. It also mentioned that personal laws, based on the scriptures and customs of each major religious community in India, can’t be rewritten in the name of social reform and that the courts can’t interfere in them. “Courts can’t supplant their own interpretations,” the Board said.
According to reports, the board said the triple talaq form of divorce is “permissible in Islam as the husband is in a better position to take a decision because they won’t take hasty decision and it is used only when there is a valid ground.” The Supreme Court has permitted NGOs and women’s organisations, including the Mumbai-based Centre for Study of Society and Secularism and the Bebaak Collective, to become parties in the pending proceedings.