Will deal with only triple talaq due to paucity of time: SC

Women are not allowed to use the method and are often left homeless and with no money- leading to many appealing to overturn it at the Supreme Court

Sibal asked the apex court.Sibal further argued that just like the Hindus' faith about Rama's birth at Ayodhya can not be questioned, similarly Triple Talaq which is also a matter of faith for Muslims should not be questioned.

Arguing for the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB), senior lawyer and Congress leader Kapil Sibal questioned how triple talaq could be unconstitutional if it had been going on for 1400 years. "We will keep them pending for future", the bench said.

"So what? Nothing. The point is you have to go a step further and strike down triple talaq, declare it illegal, You have to first decide whether this practice is against constitutional morality or not", he submitted.

The apex court has fixed a six-day schedule for hearing, in which three days are available for those challenging triple talaq and three days for those defending it.

In its last hearing on Friday, the apex court had observed that triple talaq was the "worst" and "not a desirable" way to end marriages among Muslims.

The Centre, earlier on May 11, told the apex court that it opposes the triple talaq practice and wants to fight for women equality and gender justice. Muslims are practicing it for last 1,400 years. But we are not here to tinker with religion, tenets of religion and religious practices.

The Center, prior on May 11, told the zenith court that it contradicts the triple talaq practice and needs to battle for ladies correspondence and sexual orientation equity.

To this, the bench said then the government will say "Mr Reformist this is not your domain, you have to be within your limit". "Hence, the contention of the man on this aspect is found to be without any merits", Special Judge Bhupesh Kumar said while relying on a Supreme Court observation.

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Sibal, on behalf of the AIMPLB, said in court that matters of faith such as the Hindu belief of Ram being born in Ayodhya or the question of triple talaq shouldn't see interference from the courts because these are personal/faith-related issues.

"There was a talk that whether Triple Talaq is legitimate unavoidably".

"Triple talaq is unlawful".

He said the Muslim Personal Law (Shariat) Application Act, 1937, was brought with an intention to ensure that unlike Hindu women, their Muslim counterparts get property rights and it did not codify the Shariat law.

"We can not go into rights and wrongs because my faith does not allow this", Sibal said.

When the AG asked the bench to make it clear that the issues of polygamy and "nikah halala" are still open and would be dealt by other bench in future, the court clarified "it will be dealt in future".

A five-judge Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court on Tuesday resumed hearings in the triple talaq matter brought before it by a bunch of petitioners opposing the practice.

The bench is headed by Chief Justice of India Justice J S Khehar and has four other senior judges.

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