ON the third episode of The Leaflet podcast series, our host Gursimran Kaur Bakshi interacts with author and journalist, Ziya Us Salam. The episode has our guest Salam explaining how Talaq-E-Hasan mode of divorce, in which talaq is pronounced with an interval of at least one month or one menstrual cycle, can withstand legal scrutiny.
Two Public Interest Litigation petitions have been filed byBenazeer Hina from Ghaziabad andNazreen Nisha from Mumbai before the Supreme Court. Both these petitions have challenged the validity of Talaq-E-Hasan as arbitrary and contrary to Articles14,15,21and25 of the Constitution. The petitioners have also prayed to declareSection 2of the Muslim Personal Law (Shariat) Application Act, 1937, which permits Muslims to practice unilateral divorce, void.
These petitions have been filed five years after the Supreme Court declared instant triple talaq as void, illegal and unconstitutional in Shayara Bano versus Union of India & Ors(2017).
While avoiding any reference to the sub-judice case before the Supreme Court, Salam explains why the exercise of Talaq-E-Hasan should not be referred to as unilateral since Quran also prescribes Khula which is an inalienable right solely given to women. Salam suggests that to ensure that there is no misuse of the prescribed modes of divorce, the parties need proper awareness of the Quran and the rights granted in it.