New Delhi: Today, The Supreme Court again declined the urgent hearing of a plea challenging the practice of Talaq-E-Hasan, as per which a man can divorce his wife by pronouncing “talaq” once a month for three months.
A bench consisting of Justices Ajay Rastogi and BV Nagarathna asked the petitioner to mention the matter before the Registrar.
Senior Advocate Pinky Anand, appearing for the petitioner journalist Benazeer Heena mentioned for urgent hearing of the plea challenging the practice of Talaq-E-Hasan and said that two notices have been sent to the woman.
Anand contended that Talaq-e-Hasan has three notices, and the first notice was on April 19 and the last one was on May 19.
“The petition was filed on May 2. Here, the woman has been granted notices of divorce twice. The lady is with a child. The first notice was given on April 19 and the second notice was issued on May 19,” Anand told the bench.
The bench asked Anand to approach the mentioning Registrar. “Make a request to the Registrar and if he does not listen then come to us,” said the bench.
The matter was mentioned last week also for urgent hearing but the bench headed by Justice DY Chandrachud had asked the counsel to mention it again this week.
The petition was filed in the top court seeking to declare that Talaq-E-Hasan and all other forms of Unilateral Extra-Judicial Talaq as unconstitutional and sought to issue direction to the Centre to frame guidelines for Gender Neutral Religion Neutral Uniform Grounds of Divorce and Uniform Procedure of Divorce for all.
In Talaq-E-Hasan, talaq is pronounced once a month, over a period of three months and if cohabitation does not resume during this period, the divorce gets formalised after the third utterance in the third month. However, if cohabitation resumes after the first or second utterance of talaq, the parties are assumed to have reconciled. The first and second utterances of talaq are deemed invalid.
The practice of Talaq-E-Hasan and other forms of unilateral extra-judicial talaq is neither harmonious with the modern principles of human rights and gender equality, nor an integral part of the Islamic faith, it has said.
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