Ahead of the May 11 hearing of petitions against triple talaq by the Supreme Court, the Uttar Pradesh government has said that its womens' welfare department will, within the next few weeks, collect the opinion of Muslim women on the practice of triple talaq and present it before the court.
The directions to for the collection of such information, reports suggest, has come from Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.
The Indian Express reported sources as saying that Adityanath has asked the five women ministers in his cabinet to hold meets with women's outfits over the issue.
Triple talaq has remained a contentious issue with several Muslim women having filed petitions to abolish the practice that allows a Muslim man to divorce the wife just by uttering the word 'talaq' thrice. Many Muslim women have said that this practice is abused by men.
The Indian Express reported Women Welfare Minister Rita Bahuguna Joshi as saying that the government will reach out to the women through NGOs. She said that this was not a government exercise but will be done by NGOs.
Meanwhile, the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB), which had till now backed triple talaq, said on earlier this week that they would end practice of triple talaq within 18 months. Dr Sayeed Sadiq, vice-president, said that there was no need for the government to interfere.
However this comes a few days after the body had claimed that they had received 3.50 crore forms in favour of the practice.
News18 quoted chief organiser of the AIMPLB's women wing Asma Zohra as saying, "We have received 3.50 crore forms in favour of Shariyat and triple talaq from Muslim women in the country and the number of women against these are very less."
In court, the body has maintained that Muslim personal laws, based on the teachings of the Holy Quran, could not be contested in court in accordance with the Constitution.
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