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Cricketer Mohammad Kaif Trolled On Twitter For Supporting The Triple Talaq Verdict

Abuses were flying thick and fast.

23/08/2017 10:57 AM IST | Updated 23/08/2017 11:00 AM IST
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Yesterday, in a landmark judgement, the Supreme Court declared instant triple talaq (the practice that allows Muslim men to divorce their wives instantly by uttering 'talaq' thrice in quick succession) as unconstitutional. A bench comprising five judges of different faiths decided that instant talaq violated the fundamental rights of women and was against the tenets of Islam as detailed in the Quran.

Naturally, Twitter was abuzz with people's reactions, with many prominent personalities welcoming the judgement as a victory for Muslim women in the country. Cricketer Mohammad Kaif was among the many celebrities who tweeted in favour of the ruling.

His thoughts resonated with many people on the micro-blogging platform. At the time of writing this article, Kaif's tweet had been retweeted over 3,500 times and had garnered almost 10,000 likes.

But Kaif's innocuous tweet, expressing his personal belief, soon turned into a battleground for trolls out to defend the 'honour' of Islam by abusing anyone who didn't agree with their understanding of the religion and interpretation of its holy book.

From establishing the supremacy of the Quran over the Supreme Court and the country, conspiracy theories about the media and government's anti-Muslim agenda, to questioning Kaif's motives behind the tweets, Indian Twitter had it all.

And of course, no conversation about Islam can be complete without trolls from both sides of the aisle hurling abuses at one another, terrorism and the leave-the-country rhetoric.

Thankfully, Kaif seems to be supremely unconcerned by all the hatred coming his way. So far, he hasn't engaged with any troll and we hope he continues to champion women's rights.

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