A study by the New Delhi-based Centre for Research and Debates in Development Policy (CRDDP) has found that incidents of Triple Talaq constitutes less than 1 in 100 cases of divorce among Muslims.
The Indian Express reported today that the CRDDP came to this conclusion after conducting an online survey with 20,671 people between March and May. Just about a quarter of the 331 divorces reported by the respondents were done by religious institutions, and there was only one case of instant divorce, which works out to 0.3 percent, the newspaper reported.
The practice of triple talaq, which is being subjected to widespread criticism, involves a Muslim man divorcing his wife by uttering the word "talaq" thrice in succession. Some men even resort to divorcing their wives over Whatsapp and SMS.
The survey was led by Abu Saleh Shariff, the chairperson of the CRDDP, who is best known as the Member Secretary of the Sachar Committee, The Indian Express reported. "This (triple talaq) is an evil and a bad practice, but its incidents are minuscule, it almost does not exist," Shariff told the newspaper.
The Supreme Court is currently hearing seven petitions challenging triple talaq. The issue has come into prominence since the Bharatiya Janata Party-led Modi government has started pushing for its abolition.
Those opposing the triple talaq argue that it is unconstitutional and violative of civil liberties. The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPB) says that the courts cannot interfere with the personal laws that govern the Muslim community.
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