WHAT IT IS
- August 22, 2017: India’s Supreme Court banned the Muslim practice of “triple talaq”, which allowed men to terminate their marriage with three words.
- Men would only need to repeat the Arabic word for divorce, “talaq”, three times to end a marriage with their spouse.
- India was one of the last countries with a large Muslim population to ban instant divorce.
WHY IT MATTERS
Although predominantly Hindu country, India has the second largest Muslim population in the world. This ruling will give women more equal rights, and signals another example of cultures and religions that have historically seen women as inferior have started to become more progressive.
WHERE WE ARE NOW
- This issue has caused a debate on the need for uniformity in civil codes within India or to maintain religious sovereignty.
- Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, stated his support for the decision via Twitter.
THINGS TO THINK ABOUT
- Here is a video about women affected by triple talaq.
- Do you see any similarities between this ruling and the controversies within the United States regarding religious rights?