August 22, 2017 / 5:28 AM / a month ago

Supreme Court suspends controversial Muslim divorce law

FILE PHOTO: A television journalist sets his camera inside the premises of the Supreme Court in New Delhi, India, February 18, 2014. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee/File Photo

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - The Supreme Court on Tuesday blocked the use of a controversial Muslim divorce law until the government frames new legislation, a partial victory for Muslim women who had long argued that the law violated their right to equality.

“This is a sensitive case where sentiments are involved. We are directing the Union of India to consider appropriate legislation in this regard,” Justice J.S. Khehar said while announcing a six-month suspension on the practice of the divorce law.

The law allows Muslim men to divorce their wives simply by uttering the word “talaq” three times. Muslim women say they have been left destitute by husbands divorcing them through “triple talaq”, including by Skype and WhatsApp.

Reporting by Suchitra Mohanty, Rupam Jain and Tommy Wilkes; Editing by Malini Menon

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