PM Modi hails triple talaq verdict as 'powerful measure for women empowerment'
New Delhi , August 22 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday took to Twitter to laud the Supreme Court's verdict on triple talaq as 'historic', adding that the judgement will further fuel the women empowerment drive."Judgment of the Hon'ble SC on Triple Talaq is historic. It grants equality to Muslim women and is a powerful measure for women empowerment," he tweeted.
Prime Minister Modi has voiced his opinion on the age-old practice time and again.
Recently, while delivering his address to the nation on the 71st Independence Day from the ramparts of the Red Fort, Prime Minister Modi expressed his admiration towards the courage of women who have been suffering due to Triple Talaq.
Prior to that, in his radio program, 'Mann Ki Baat', aired on All India Radio, Prime Minister Modi extended full support to the women of the community.
The Supreme Court earlier today struck down the Triple Talaq practice as 'unconstitutional' by a 3:2 majority.
The five-judge constitution bench headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) J.S. Khehar, deciding on the verdict, was seemingly split on the legality of the practice.
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 further directed the Union Government to formulate a new legislation within six months, in unison with all political parties.
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.'
The constitution bench had reserved its verdict on May 18 after a six-day marathon hearing.